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Consider the dramatic function of Inspector Goole in the play “An Inspector Calls “ by J.B.Priestly.

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Consider the dramatic function of Inspector Goole in the play "An Inspector Calls " by J.B.Priestly. I will be analysing the dramatic function of Inspector Goole in the play "An Inspector Calls" by Priestly. The play was written in 1945 but was set in the past, in 1912. The Inspector is a dramatic device in the play as without him there would be no play. He is used as a dramatic device by Priestly because he controls the play from onstage, at all times throughout the play the Inspector is in charge, he is like a director who is mixed in with the actors. The actual Inspector is never explained in the play and I will be presenting some of my ideas on why and who the Inspector is in this essay. When the Inspector first arrives he is dressed oddly, in the 1992 theatre production of the play he is dressed in 1945 clothing when arriving outside a house in 1912, this gives the audience a clue as to how mysterious and otherworldly the Inspector is. In the 1992 National Theatre Production the Inspector is clothed in a long overcoat and has his hat pulled down over his eyes, this makes him appear as a very suspicious character, also he is loitering outside the Birling's house. ...read more.


The only people in the entire group who refuse to accept the blame for Eva's death are Mr. And Mrs. Birling and Gerald. Here the Inspector has been used to show the differences between the older and younger generations reactions to responsibility and also the different classes reactions to responsibility: Birling: "A man has to mind his won business and look after himself and his own" However the younger generation fully accept their part in the death of Eva Smith and feel sorry for what they have done: Sheila (addressing her parents): "The point is, you don't seem to have learnt anything" Gerald also refuses to accept any blame for his part and says: "Everything's all right now Sheila" The Inspector has been used as a device here in order to expose the different characteristics of the different age groups and classes, the upper classes believe that it should be every man for himself and that they shouldn't have to help anyone, the older generation also believe this. However after the Inspector has left, the lesson that the Birling's began to learn is soon forgotten: Sheila: "You began to learn something. And now you've stopped. ...read more.


He is also there to teach all of us a lesson, that no one can exist alone: Inspector: "Their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives" Inspector Goole is one of Mr Birling's "cranks" and it is with perfect dramatic timing that the Inspector arrived just at the moment that Birling was saying how "A man has to make his own way" Inspector Goole arrived at just the right time to teach Birling an appropriate lesson in responsibility. The Inspector also tries to tell this to the audience by directing his finishing speech at them. He also acts as though he needs to learn this lesson by referring to "we" and not just "you" this means that the audience will probably leave the theatre feeling more responsible and possibly more guilty about their own secrets than they did when they entered the theatre or watched the film. The main dramatic function of the Inspector in the play seems to be to teach both the audience and the Birling's a lesson and also to bring up some important social issues of the time - that the different classes and generations in that particular period had completely different reactions to responsibility. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Webb ...read more.

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