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Dramatic Functions Of The Inspector

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The Dramatic Functions Of The Inspector An Inspector Calls is a play in which Capitalist and socialist views are expressed through a story using murder, deception and a exiting finish. A well connected, high class family are visited by a nosy "Inspector" who proceeds to split the family apart and put together their shocking story's together, all in one evening of questions. There are two main political ideology's expressed in the play - "Capitalism" and "Socialism" The Birling household all begin the play representing Capitalism, and Mr Birling is the leader of this, maintaining the ideology all through out the play even under questioning and persuasion from Inspector Goole. Mr Birling: "A man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own" Eva Smith symbolises something in the play, put forward and encouraged by the Inspector - Socialism. Eva symbolises millions of working/lower class people who are treated differently and grouped because of who they are. Inspector Goole: "There are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears..." The Inspector narrates two stories, making them come together at times during the play. One story is that of the suicide of Eva Smith. One family member at a time the Inspector uses his well thought techniques in a way to make each person reveal how they were connected to Eva Smith. ...read more.


At first he thought Eva Smith was a fine worker so why did not he try to compromise with her and meet a mutual agreement, this shows that he sees his workers as cheap labour which can be easily replaced, - supporting his capitalism ideology. I do not feel that Mr Birling done what he did to Eva because she is a female but because she is lower class to him and he feels others should not try and take control from him, as he thinks she's not worth him, just one of millions and Eva Smith is nothing special. Mr Birling felt no amnesty for Eva Smith after she had died this is because she is just cheap easily replaceable labour. I think Mr Birling supports that If people are of equal status or above him he will treat them with much respect and gratitude like Mrs Birling, but if they are of lower class he will treat them with little respect or gratitude like Eva Smith and Sheila. He did not have any remorse for Eva all he cared about that he looks good in the end. From the questioning of Gerald you learn about the social class and the difficulty in relationships. Gerald met Eva at a bar where a man was harassing her and Gerald saved her and provided her with a roof and also gave her lots of money. ...read more.


In this speech he states that for lower class, "Eva Smiths and John Smiths" there is a "chance of happiness" in socialism. The Inspector also says to Birlings plus the audience that they are "members of one body" and that they should try their best to help people like Eva Smith, otherwise, as the Inspector implies, "they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish". This almost acts as a threat to the audience and incites them to recognize the value of Priestley's message. The inspector is played as some sort of mystery ghost character with the clever thought up name of Goole - Ghoul. I think the way in which Inspector Goole is presented as a sort of ghost character makes a good ending because it makes sure people will not forget the play in a hurry, meaning the messages put across will not be forgotten either. Making the play effective and thought provoking. "There are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and Jon Smiths still left With us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and Chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and Say and do. We don't live alone. We are all members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will Be taught in fire and blood and anguish" ...read more.

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