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Discuss the Dramatic Effect of the Inspector and What J.B. Priestly was Trying to Communicate through this Character

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Discuss the Dramatic Effect of the Inspector and What J.B. Priestly was Trying to Communicate through this Character Inspector Goole. A character that can be expressed in many ways. Critics over the past decades continue to declare him as J.B. Priestly's finest creation. Those who have heard of the play, 'An Inspector Calls' will instantly recognise it for its chief character and his astounding abilities. As a central character in the play, Goole is excellent at holding his presence in any scene. The audience is initially introduced to the inspector at a time where everything seemed serene. A rich family, the Birlings are having a relaxed night in with a daughter's boyfriend. The scene is warm with the drinking of alcoholic substances and lowered lighting. The hazy atmosphere could suggest that there is something hiding in this family waiting to be unveiled. Everything seems smug as the informal party continues. It seems though that something strange is to happen to this family, they speak of events that have had negative outcomes such as the Titanic and it's sinking as though they will prosper to be great actions that will be remembered in the future. Some may assume that the same may happen to the family, who currently acting ignorant to the world outside them may come to their own demise. ...read more.


The inspectors control over the family and its behaviour is quite incredible assuming he is of a lower class and hence, has less authority over the family according to stature and hierarchy. One cannot proceed in doing something without going unnoticed in the inspector's presence. He can see every move, which intimidates and causes people to not do anything altogether. This further substantiates the inspector as a dramatic device for he grips the audience and casts a powerful image of himself in their minds. The inspector is such an incredible character because he sustains his authority throughout the play, from beginning to end. An example of where the inspector does this: '(As BIRLING tries to protest, turns on him) don't stammer and yammer at me again, man.' The way the inspector launches himself at onto the family especially during the scene described in the above quotation shows how much the man disregards the family's position. One can see the extreme control the inspector has over his 'prey'. The way he has frightened the family intrigues the audience further, who want to see, suggestedly, how far this man is prepared to go. Sheila Birling, daughter of Mr Birling, demonstrates the use of fear and co-operation through it most by following the inspector's requests if not demands and encouraging others to do the same. ...read more.


One may assume that J.B. Priestly is trying to teach a lesson and using the inspector as a voice to express his opinion publicly and not just to the family. Because WWII had just ended, Priestly wanted everyone to open their eyes to see what they were doing. Perhaps realise they were wrong. The general theme of the play is to evaluate ones actions and think about what their repercussions could be. War was controlled by politicians who sent hoards of armies to their doom without thinking of what such death could mean to England. People need to abandon this ignorance. The 'Fire and blood and anguish' speech is excellent at promoting this awareness of others and empathising with those whose lives we've ruined. 'But just remember this. One Eva Smith has gone, but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths... We are responsible for each other.' The audience is left with a conscience and a chance to reflect upon themselves. This is one of the most evocative ways the inspector was used throughout the play. I personally believe the inspector was a message to teach the arrogant that if they did not change their ways they will perish. It is up to the audience to take Priestly's message into account and use it to their own benefit before it is genuinely too late. Abrar Ahmed English - An Inspector Calls 10 GDO Bront� ...read more.

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