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Analyse the dramatic significance of the Inspector in the play. What is the audience's response to this character? This essay is about 'An Inspector Calls' by J. B. Priestly.

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Hannah Broughton An Inspector Calls Essay. Analyse the dramatic significance of the Inspector in the play. What is the audience's response to this character? This essay is about 'An Inspector Calls' by J. B. Priestly. It will be analysing the dramatic specification of the Inspector which means we are going to be looking at how J. B. Priestly dramatises the play and what is so specific and important about the Inspectors role in the play. While trying to understand the character of Inspector Goole, I found I kept asking myself the same questions. Was he a real Police Inspector, was he a hoaxer or was he something totally different, and if so, what did J. B. Priestly intend him to be?, so the time scheme in the play has some significance. The play was written in 1945, set in 1912 and first performed in 1945. In this play, I think that the Inspector has a very important role, however, the Inspector has much more effect on the younger generation, I say this because as soon as the Inspector walks into the scene at any time during the play, all the other characters stop and listen to what he has to say, "I think you did something terribly wrong and that you are going to spend the rest of your life regretting it"-(page 44). ...read more.

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Priestly uses the Inspector; I think to explore his own personal, socialist points. This adds drama because the audience has to think about what Priestly is trying to say and do. The four Birlings and Gerald are happily seated around the dinner table having an enjoyable night whole celebrating Sheila and Gerald's engagement. All of them are feeling happy and are comfortable and relaxed and do not seem or appear to have a care in the world but the audience knows that all of that was about to change at that very moment as soon as the Inspector rang the bell and stepped foot into the Birlings household that night, the stage directions change from being a pink and red lighting before the Inspector arrives to show happiness and joy when they are celebrating Sheila and Gerald's engagement , to a white and very harsh lighting with a spotlight on the Inspector when he enters to shoe he is a mysterious character. The entire atmosphere changes when Inspector Goole enters. I also began to think that he represented the opposite view from Mr Birling that people should only look after themselves and have no concern for the welfare of others. This is one point in the play where I think the Inspector plays the role of a moral figure who is a puppet or a mouthpiece for Priestley's socialism because for example for example on ...read more.

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Consequently she has killed herself and her unborn baby. The police inform Mr Birling that a Police Inspector is on his way round to their houses to ask some questions and the final twist at the end is the icing on the cake to finish off the play which leaves everyone with one question on their minds, 'Who or what was the Inspector?' My opinion of the play was that it was very effective and very well thought out and it is meant to be mysterious and make you think so I thought the structure of the play was very effective and very well thought out and it came across as the sort of play that you would want to read on until you found out who the Inspector was and it always kept the audience thinking and as it was a mysterious "who dunnit" play. It was very good and I would read it again. It is an effective play because the structure of the play and the significance of the Inspector dramatises it. The stage directions were very good in showing how all the different characters showed different emotions, actions and how you could see the characters conscience coming through. I really enjoyed this play and overall I thought J. B. Priestly thought the play out very well and it was a very good "detective" drama, with a deeper meaning! ...read more.

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