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There are different interpretations of who the Inspector is. I believe that the inspector could be a supernatural character who is omniscient because in the play he seems to know what the characters are about to say even before they speak or he could be CLAIRVOYANT (someone who sees into the future) because he knew about the death of a young woman even before the police, the infirmary and the Birlings. The inspector could also be a two dimensional character (CIPHER) who acts as a mouthpiece for the author because the author uses the inspector as an opposition to Mr Birlings views. I believe that the inspector is a supernatural character but he is presented to the audience as a policeman. The play is made to fit the genre of a typical detective thriller by the way the author introduces the inspector to the audience by getting the inspector to investigate a crime that was never committed thereby setting the Birlings up and framing them for the murder of Eva Smith. ...read more.


The play starts with a "Soft and Intimate" lighting but changes as the inspector makes his entrance into a "Hard and Tense" lighting which creates the vision of a thriller and increases the suspense in the audience. The bright light suggests that the family are being interrogated and no secrets can be hidden. The inspector has remained entirely in control of the character's emotions at all times. It can be said that he has "massively taken charge". He is regarded as "Wonderingly and dubiously" by Sheila as she later notes that no-one told him anything that he didn't already know. The inspector's character is powerful and all knowing and through the revelation of the "Chain of events" J.B Priestly has successfully moved his audience and get them to think about how they act/behave towards people that are not the same class as themselves. ...read more.


The Birling's have not committed any crime but their treatment of Eva/Daisy smith is a moral crime. The impression of the inspectors "Omniscience" is created by his knowledge of each characters story before the story has been actually told to him. He also knows about the suicide before it actually happens. The inspector could be described as the "inspector of conscience" because having read the play, the way he asks his questions seem to get to the character more than the question of a "normal" inspector. He makes them confess as if they have a guilty conscience. His questions are straight forward and challenging that discourages from adding any twist to their story. "He has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before Actually speaking" His challenging behaviour changes as the characters guilt increases and he feels that he has broken the "Stone cold" feeling that made them feel superior to working class citizens ...read more.

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