• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Analyse the character of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley.Discuss his:Role in the play Effect on the other characters Stage presence

Extracts from this document...


Post 1914 Drama Analyse the character of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley. Discuss his: * Role in the play * Effect on the other characters * Stage presence The 'An Inspector Calls' Coursework Second Draft/Final Draft Jonathan Smithies When the Inspector first knocks on the front door, it is dramatic irony because Arthur just said a matter of seconds before of how he 'might get a knighthood if we don't get into any sort of trouble'. This is a very significant time of entering, similar to knocking over a tower of Jenga - everything one has hoped for has just evaporated into thin air. As an audience we expect something very important, an altered atmosphere in the play from this moment forward. The Birling's smug satisfaction is put on hold. It abruptly comes to a halt. Edna comes into the Dining room and says to Mr. Birling, "Please, Sir, an Inspector's called". The Inspector, at first appears to the audience to be a police officer. He said he had recently moved to Brumley; the family find out he is a fake when Arthur rings the police station at the end of the play. This news is even more disturbing than the questioning that takes place throughout the play, because they realised that the Inpsector had deceived them all. They had been had! But on the other hand, was the purpose of the visit fulfilled? ...read more.


This is Priestley's view. Sybil and Arthur Birling are traditionalists, they don't like change. It was indeed a century of "fire" and "blood" and "anguish" as the Inspector said toward the end of the play. An Inspector Calls illustrates the restless times of the 20th Century. Throughout the play of An Inspector Calls, J B Priestley uses the Inspector as the Birling family conscience. He is trying to get across to them that their words and actions have consequences in the wider world, in this case Eva Smith or Daisy Renton's life. The family drove Eva Smith to suicide, supposedly. The society in these days is no different from when it was set (1912). Our community is still selfish and egotistic. This is very much Mr Birling's type of character. The inspector is showing, Mr Birling in this case, that he needs to look beyond himself and his own needs. The effect the inspector has on the characters varies enormously. I will start with Sheila. She feels very guilty when she realises what she has done and about her involvement with Eva Smith's death. She is really sorry, for her involvement with Eva Smith and is quite happy to admit that. Toward the end of the she has had enough, for her mother being dishonest with the inspector, and realises during the process that her mother has had something to do with the suicide and is not so innocent as she looked after all. ...read more.


What type of person should be portrayed? Should he speak morals or be dangerous? The actor would have to decide how quickly or how slowly he was comfortable speaking. A hoaxer would speak very fast, not allowing the family to think about what he has said. The physique and facial expressions etc. of an actor are essential in choosing the right person for the job. Of course an Inspector would have to be smartly dressed to put across a sense of authority, he would require a closely shaven face or neat beard, (not scruffy and all over the place). He would need to appear very gentlemanly to gain further power and charge of the situation; also it is necessary to have a costume for that would suit the interpretation choice. To conclude, the play An Inspector Calls seems to be a moral, telling the audience through Inspector Goole that there is more to life than just thinking about ourselves. Also it is portraying that our actions and what we say not only have an impact on us, but on the wider world. This is an important lesson that the whole community needs to learn, because we as a nation are as, if not more, selfish and ignorant as the times when this play was set, in 1912. This play ought to have made a difference, but at the state of current affairs at the present day it does not appear to have changed anything. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE J.B. Priestley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE J.B. Priestley essays

  1. Discussthe role of the Inspector in the play 'An Inspector Calls'

    out an Eva Smith had really died and an inspector is on his way over. This makes the story more interesting and more dramatic like a soap opera and it adds more suspense to the play. The inspector is used in the story as someone who is supposed to be like J.B Priestley.

  2. How does the character of Sheila Change during the course of J.B. Preistely's "Inspector ...

    At that time Sheila was jealous of Eva Smith because she was really pretty but this is ironic as Eva would be jealous of Sheila's luxurious lifestyle. Sheila admits that she was wrong and she is now ashamed and she has learned from her mistakes - "It's the only time

  1. An Inspector Calls is full of lies and deceit. Write fully about the way ...

    At the beginning, his drinking problem and attitude portray him as a rather weak man, with similar qualities and views to his father. Eric is upset with Sheila as she told their parents of his drinking problem - calling her a "little sneak" - which suggests that he, like his parents, prefer to sweep unpleasant things under the carpet.

  2. What is the role of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls. How does Priestley ...

    Priestley makes Eva the most unfortunate young lady of her class. Firstly, she is poor and uneducated, therefore dependant on people like Mr. Birling for a job which she looses for no fault of her own. Secondly, she is pregnant due to exploitation by an affluent middle class.

  1. Directors notes and stage instructions for An Inspector Calls

    "What happened then?" "Was she drunk too?" "But you took her home again?" These questions are pushing the story along and lead the characters into a "trap" so that they subconsciously confess to the Inspectors implications and confirm what he already knows.

  2. Write a letter from the director to the actor playing a character you have ...

    to answer his questions, and as Shelia notices during the play there is something about him which just 'makes' you own up to what he is asking, like they have no choice, perhaps he is trying to make them realise how Eva felt when she died, show that she was

  1. Discuss the Importance of the Inspector 'Goole' in this play:

    Whereas Gerald Croft, is a very calm friendly chap but has a dark side know one knows until the Inspector comes.

  2. Which character or characters changes the most in 'An Inspector Calls'

    He began writing plays in the 30s and 40s. He wrote, or co-wrote 40 different plays in total. Most of them gave hints about his heavily socialist views. He travelled through some of the poorer parts of Britain, which helped him to refine his political ideas. You are given hints in 'An Inspector Calls' about Priestly's socialist views.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work