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Discuss the role of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls

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Discuss the role of the Inspector in ?An Inspector Calls? In the novel ?An Inspector Calls?, the Inspector is one of the main characters. When the inspector is introduced he comes across as a realistic, yet also a mysterious figure. His name, Goole, is only the start of his mysterious being, the name Goole, implies that he is ghostly, as in Goole being similar to ghoul which is a term, applied to ghosts. When he is first introduced to the play he makes a remarkable impression, ?the inspector need not be a big man but creates the impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness?, this sentence alone is enough to understand that the inspector is impressionable, although he?s only just met the family he already has made them feel slightly uncomfortable with his appearance and authority. ...read more.


Although the truth comes out and each member of the family are shown to have done wrong to ?Eva Smith/Daisy Renton? which have all contributed to her suicide. The inspectors role is very convincing, he is very intent on making the Birlings confess, he uses this to his advantage- he does not accuse anyone; he simply asks a lot of questions and lays down the truth even though for some of the Birling family it is hard to hear. J.B Priestley wrote an Inspector calls as a morality play, meaning a play written to put across a way of us thinking about the things we do; good and bad. ...read more.


The key words here are 'pink and intimate', and 'brighter and harder' because this foreshadows the events to come in the play, as when lighting is harsher, the truth is revealed and there is nowhere to run from it. It's almost as if the lighting is acting as a spotlight to find out what really happened to Eva Smith. Overall, the Inspector is a very important character throughout the play, he teaches the family a lesson, although it is clear only Eric and Shelia learn from this. The Inspector uses Eva too make the family realise how they treat classes worse off than them. No-one other than the author will ever know if Inspector Goole was real or a ghost, but the story allows the reader to interpret their own ideas on what the Inspector was/is. ...read more.

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