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Examine the role of Inspector Goole in 'An Inspector Calls' & study the impact his role has on the rest of the characters in the play.

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Examine the role of Inspector Goole in 'An Inspector Calls' & study the impact his role has on the rest of the characters in the play. Inspector Goole is the most important character in the play 'An Inspector Calls' because he is the catalyst for the events that take place in the play. Priestley's intensions were to reveal to his audience the social state of England in 1945. He felt that little had changed since the turn of the century. Preistley was a socialist and he very strongly believed that everyone should be equal. In this play Preistley shows to the audience that at this time it was Socialist vs Capitalist, and that everyone was separated in to social classes. These were working class, middle class and upper class. In the play there is a character to fit into each one of these classes: Daisy Renton / Eva Smith - Lower class Mr Birling, Eric and Sheila - Middle Class Mrs Birling and Eric - Upper class In the play I think that Inspector Goole is Priestley's social conscience. ...read more.

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Even though these 2 families are very powerful people themselves. The Inspector treats them equal as anyone else where as most people do, he doesn't treat them with a great deal of respect. He says to Mr Birling '"Puplic men, Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privilages."' I believe that he is talking to Mr Birling as if he was a child when saying that to him. In the play Inspector Goole is a catalyst, the word catalyst means to speed somthing up. He gets the Birlings and Gerald to confess to being involved with Eva Smith/Daisy Renton in some way. Inspector Goole is very good at creating tension and drama. For example when someone asks he a question he will now answer it, he will just ask a question back. He manages to break the family down and get them to own up to things. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are many clues that tell us that Goole isn't a real inspector, some more obvious than others. For example the way in which he talks to the family, the family don't expect to be treated like this so they panic and reveal to having conections with Eva or Daisy. His name could also tell us that he is an imposter as its sound like 'ghoul' which is a ghost, in others words non existant. He has a very big effect on the family. Birling says: '"still, I can't accept any responsibility."' as he is scared of having his reputation disrupted, he would rather have his family take the blame. This shows he is a very selfish man. So I believe that Preistly shows his veiws through the character inspector Goole, he is valuable in the play because he author explain how he feels. He shows us about morality and morals. There has a good varity of characters in the play and the way the play slowly progresses is very good. ...read more.

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