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Examine the way Inspector Goole is presented in "An Inspector Calls". What is his role in the play?

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  • Submitted: 03/02/2004
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GCSE J.B. Priestley

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Simon Westwood

"He never seemed like an ordinary Police

Inspector."

Examine the way Inspector Goole is presented in

"An Inspector Calls". What is his role in the play?

"An Inspector Calls", by J.B. Priestley, is not an average murder mystery. In a normal murder mystery there are three things: someone is really dead; someone is really a murderer and the police inspector is genuine. In "An Inspector Calls" none of these is certain. The play does however work as a murder mystery because it keeps us guessing right till the end.

The inspector in "An Inspector Calls" operates unlike an ordinary police inspector. His unusual methods lead Birling and Gerald to believing that he is nothing but a clever hoaxer: "Now he has to work a trick on us." There is some truth in what Birling says, in that once the inspector has shocked them, they will do whatever he says and believe whatever he says. Now, the inspector has dominance over the other characters. The inspector constantly repeats details about the girl's death to distress the other characters:

"This afternoon a young woman drank some disinfectant,

and died,

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