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'An Inspector calls' - Who is Inspector Goole and what is his function in the play.

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English essay 'An Inspector calls' Who is Inspector Goole and what is his function in the play 'An Inspector calls' was written in 1945 and is set in 1912. It looks back on the social attitudes that led up to the first world war and the action of the play was set just before 'the fire and blood and anguish' of the first and second world wars. The Inspector is one of the main characters and the action of the play revolves around him. He the controls event, and unfolds them to the Birling family throughout the course of the plat. The atmosphere changes from cheerful, happy and relaxed as the Birling's celebrate the engagement of Sheila and Gerald, to guilt and dismay as under pressure from the Inspectors investigation. The Inspector causes each of the characters to admit their guilt and reveal their involvement with Eva Smith, a young girl who committed suicide. Inspector Goole seems to be always in control. He is a figure of inner strength and moral authority. When he first enters the room with the Birling's he has at once made a massive impression on them. It shows this when priestly writes; ' The Inspector need not be a big man but he at once creates an impression of massiveness.' This shows that Inspector Goole is in control from the very start of the play. ...read more.

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However, he is not a member of the police force, it implies this when Mr. Birling says: '...I know the Brumley police officers pretty well and I thought I'd never seen you before.' Another ting that made him seam unusual is the fact that he just came from nowhere without warning. The pun on his name inspector Goole could mean ghoul as in ghost also gives him a supernatural air. He has godlike attributes, Sheila describes him as strangely powerful. For example when she says in the play: ' You mustn't try to build up a kind of wall between us and that girl. If you do, then the inspector will just brake it down. And it'll be all the worse when he does.' This shows that Sheila knows what the inspector is trying to do to the family, and she knows that he has the power to make it worse. The inspector also has the spiritual authority of a priest. This is because he wants the characters to admit and face their guilt and responsibility, just as a priest wants his followers to confess to their sins. The characters eventually confess, and in the case of Sheila and Eric, achieve a state of higher spiritual awareness. For example, at the end of the platy Sheila says: ' He inspected us all right.' ...read more.

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We are responsible for each other...' When the Inspector says this we learn that he in a socialite. And what he is inplying is that even if the Birling don't admit to what they have done and don't lean from it, the rest of the world will learn to hate them because we are all together and everyone knows everything about everyone. The playhouse production shows this side of the inspector very well. He is dressed in a suit of the time and every time he questions someone he takes of an item of clothing to symbolize that he is revealing layers of guilt from the family. There is a huge amount of symbolizing in the production, for example the way that the inspector teat's Sheila is almost as if they are in love. He is kind to her compared to the rest of the family symbolizes that he respects her and knows that she is truly sorry for what she has done. The way that the inspector uses various comments and his final speech suggests that Eva Smith is a symbolic figure, respecting all the poor people in society. His socialist views are not only put forward to Birling, but to the rest of the family and to the audience as well. Priestly is showing the audience that the inspectors socialist attitude led up to 'the fire, and blood and anguish of the two World Wars. ...read more.

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