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An Inspector calls - The Role Of the Inspector.

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The Role Of the Inspector The character of Inspector Goole is the catalyst for the evening's events and is quite a mystery and fascination to many people. He is described and comes across as able to create 'an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness...' He speaks carefully, weightily and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses. I will be carefully looking at how he manages to be so powerful and authoritative, mainly concentrating on the specific language and use of rhetorical speaking that he uses throughout the play. I will also mention the mystery of whether the inspector was an impostor and look at the broad possibilities, of which he may be, One of the most effective things that the Inspector manages to do is to have large power and control over the other characters and is seen by the reader as an immense man, despite the stage directions clearly stating that 'he need not be big'. He appears to be 'massive' because of the stares he gives people, and how he makes them feel so uneasy. ...read more.


J.B Priestly has used the photos as a clever tool to heighten the mystery and to keep the audience wondering and so in turn making the play much more dramatic. The Inspector also manages to induce dramatic irony during the last sub plot within in which he prompts Mrs Birling to condemn the father of Eva's child, which ironically is Eric. Using his method of talking calmly but disturbingly, making the questioned person feel extremely nervous and intruded on, the inspector cleverly induces anger within her, leading to her frequent outbursts of abuse about the father. Moreover the Inspector also questions Mr and Mrs Birling what should be done with this man, unknown to them, their son: 'No hushing up, eh? Made and example of the young man, eh? Public confession of responsibility, um?' (Pg 48) He cunningly allows Mr and Mrs Birling to harshly blame the young man, then lets them realise that he is their own son, causing even more terror and destruction to them, then if he had told them straight out. One of his tactics when questioning the Birlings is to ask very many short blunt questions, which cut into the receiver giving them no choice but to answer them, fired one after another. ...read more.


The many speeches that the Inspector delivers throughout the play, makes the suspicion of him being an impostor, (not a real inspector), grow even more, and he appears more of a prophet come to preach to the Birlings. A real Inspector would not give such informal, emotion filled speeches; they would just take the information needed and then leave. Whereas he took information, although he obviously already knew it all already, and then involved himself giving his view on their actions, criticising and blaming them. He seems very unprofessional and gets too worked up and emotional on such small things: 'Don't stammer and yammer at me again, man. I'm losing all patience with you people' This is a very unprofessional thing to say and shows that he does not treat the Birlings with the professional respect that should be expected. For dramatic effect he also goes into unnecessary detail of how Eva suffered and at some points gets quite personal and delicate with what he tells the Birlings about her. Again this is very unprofessional. No one will ever know exactly who the Inspector is, whether he is a time traveller from the future, Eva smiths ghost...? And this leaves a great sense of mystery about the play, which I believe is one of its great qualities. ...read more.

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