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Analyse the character of the inspector in An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestley.

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Analyse the character of the inspector in An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestley The inspector is from the Brumley police force. He says that his name is Inspector Goole. I think J.B.Priestley gave him the name Goole to try and make you think of him as a ghoul. He is representing an inspector from the Brumley police force and is also represented as a father confessor He is investigating the death of Eva Smith who had committed suicide in the infirmary. He has some evidence to prove that each member of the family had something to do with her. He wants to know why she committed suicide. He wants to find out if they were all involved in the suicide, and he wants to teach them a lesson. He wants them to care for each other and treat people with respect. He hopes that after he has left the Birlings will become better people and care for each other. The inspector talks to the Birlings like they are normal people, not upper class which they are. ...read more.

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This is what she says to prove this. "I behaved badly too. I know I did. I'm ashamed if it. But now your beginning all over again to pretend that nothing much has happened." Sheila is the youngest of the family and she acts the most mature out of all of them. I think the inspector had a big effect on Eric because like Sheila, he admitted what he had done wrong and felt guilty about. Also he is young as well like Sheila. This is what he says to prove this "its still the same rotten story whether its been told by a police inspector or someone else its what happened to the girl and what we all did to her that matters". This also proves that Eric cares for her. I think the Inspector didn't have much effect on Gerald. He didn't admit to it at first, but he didn't really do much to the girl, he helped her but he did take advantage of her though. When he did admit to it he told them everything, with Sheila listening. ...read more.

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This also proves that she thinks all the others were to blame and not her, although actually she was probably the most responsible for her death. The inspector's role is related to social and historical factors because during the war and the evacuation of children into the countryside meant that people were thrown together in a new way. Because of this they learnt about each other and to care for each other as an individual. This is exactly what the inspector was trying to do, teach them a lesson so that they would end up being these caring, loving people. In a stage production the inspector would be portrayed, as when he walks in there should be a brighter light shining on the inspector so that he is noticed straight away and he should appear suddenly from nowhere. The inspector should be in his mid-40 and when he speaks, he speaks in a different way to all the others. The effects, which would be necessary to support the portrayal of his character, he should dress differently to the others and lighting should change when he speaks. He should be always sitting down and should act mysteriously. ...read more.

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