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Analyse the role that Inspector Goole plays in conveying Priestley’s social message.

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Analyse the role that Inspector Goole plays in conveying Priestley's social message. The role that Inspector Goole plays in conveying Priestley's social message is huge. The play is written on two levels, the first being the 'whodunit?'-The story line and characters. Underneath there is another message, the point that Priestley wants to express. The inspector gets this point across by creating sympathy and admiration for Eva Smith by the way he uses her to represent her social class and the way that he creates sympathy for that class in general. He also forces the Birlings to admit their guilt and responsibilities. In the play, the final words of the inspector indicate clearly Priestley's message. The purpose of this speech is to leave the Birlings with an overwhelming feeling of guilt, so they realise what they have done and mend their ways before another tragedy like this occurs again. He says that everybody is "responsible for each other" and that the "millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths" all count as people. This is Priestley's social message to the audience and to the Birlings. The Inspector tells the Birlings that if man will not learn this lesson "then they will be taught in fire, blood and anguish" By contrast, Mr Birling makes a ...read more.

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The inspector is always commenting on the poor conditions that Eva and other working class people have to live with. "There are a lot of young women living that sort of existence in every city and big town in this country" this warms the hearts of the audience, so they feel what it is like for the working class, and sympathy is created. There is a lot of sympathy created for the working class in the play. Sheila and Eric do not agree with the pay the working class receive and the way they are treated. When Birling refused them a pay rise, he told them "It's a free country" Eric replies and says "It isn't if you can't go and work somewhere else" This shows that Eric is more in touch with the different tiers in society, than Mr. Birling, who is old-fashioned and set in his ways. This also gives the audience a clearer picture of how hard it was to get a job, which creates sympathy among them. The Inspector tells Gerald and Birling than it is "better to ask for the world than to take it" which shows that the Inspector believes that Eva and her group were right to ask for a pay rise and should not have been punished for it. ...read more.

Conclusion

"I blame the young man who was the father" Then she says that this young man should be "made an example of" she is now adamant that it was this boys fault and "ought to be dealt with very severely" Then the inspector breaks the news to Mrs Birling, not in a kind way at all. He was very cruel. "We know what to do don't we? Mrs Birling has just told us." This illustrates the message again, Sheila, who was very co-operative got off rather lightly, but Mrs Birling, who was not in the least co-operative and seemed none the wiser at the end of the interrogation, had a cruel trick played on her, and she was taught her lesson in "fire and anguish" I think that J.B.Priestley has used Inspector Goole to great effect in this play. He has allowed the inspector to act as a vehicle to convey his message about concern for people in the community. The play has made me realise that every decision I make, will affect somebody else's life, so I must make sure it is the right one. If J.B.Priestley has managed to convey his message by somebody merely reading the play, he must have achieved his goal of conveying his message. ?? ?? ?? ?? Catherine Sweetman ...read more.

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