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Discuss the role of Inspector Goole A curious Inspector Goole unexpectedly appears at the Birling house to gather significant evidence about the suicide of a young working-class woman. In addition, he puts the Birlings under a tremendous amount of trauma and interrogates them. Throughout the play, J.B Priestley tries to teach us about what is right and wrong in society and shows us that women were often treated terribly and as servants to men. 'An Inspector Calls' is a play with many social and political messages because J. B. Priestley believed in the importance of politics and the value of socialism. He used his plays to try and influence people to be socialist as well and also reveals the inequalities between the classes at the time. When Inspector Goole emerges out of nowhere into the Birlings's house and begins an official inquiry, he shares his evidence of Eva's disastrous death and successfully challenges the opinions of the Birlings ...read more.


The Inspector has effectively made Sheila face up to what she did and leaves her anxious. Similarly, he makes the others realise that they have made mistakes too. Inspector Goole also interrogates Mr. and Mrs. Birling to make them feel remorseful and make them recognize their parts in Eva's death. Mrs. Birling happens to realise her part in Eva's death, which was that when Eva came to her and asked for charity money, Mrs. Birling insisted on not giving her any which left her poor with no food or shelter. Mrs. Birling is protective of her family, she does not criticise any of them and she also refuses to accept the blame for Eva's death. "But I accept no blame for it all" declared Mrs. Birling. Mrs. Birling feels little or no remorse about Eva's death - in fact she refuses to take any responsibility. ...read more.


The Inspector shows us that everyone does wrong and commits crime and that they should be equally responsible for it. During 1912, many rich people used to get away from trouble or problems by using their money and Priestley felt that this was wrong. By showing us this on stage, the audience would begin to question themselves and whether they deserved to get punished just as the poor do. Mr. Birling also tries to intimidate the Inspector by telling him that Colonel Roberts is an old friend of his. For example, "Perhaps I ought to warn you that he's an old friend of mine, and that I see him fairly frequently." However, the Inspector ignores this threat and shows the audience that the Inspector wants the truth and is trying to get Mr. Birling to admit his guilt and confess his part in Eva's death. He shows us that it shouldn't matter what contacts a person has, which again affects the audience who may have tried to do the same as Mr Birling. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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