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How does Priestley present Inspector Goole in Inspector Calls

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How Does Priestley Present Inspector Goole? Inspector Calls is set in 1912, but is written in 1945. This is used for, and creates dramatic effect and irony through out the play. The plot of the play is about a police inspector who interrupts an elegant engagement dinner party to question a family and their guest about an unusual suicide of a young working-class girl called Eva Smith. The Birlings' are a very stereotypical upper-middle class family, with both the father and mother having very capitolist opinions on society, aswell as their daughter's fiance; Gerald. So do their son and daughter, Eric and Sheila. But as the plot thickens, Eric and Sheila's socialist views come to light. The inspector speaks to them one at a time and shows them a photograph of a girl or of Eva. ...read more.


Birling: "The inspector need not be a big man but he creates at once the impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefullness." This quote shows that he has a power over people that makes him manipulate them into giving him or telling him what he wants to hear. Giving this auror about himself he doesn't need to say a lot to get information either, in the play everyone gives their stories to him rather willingly with out the inspector forcing them. Priestley makes Goole the complete oposite of Mr. and Mrs. Birling: Mrs B ."First, she called herself Mrs. Birling- Mr B Mrs. Birling! Mrs. B Yes, I think it was simply a piece of gross impertinence-quite diliberate-and naturally that was one of the things that prejudice me against her case. ...read more.


with their lives, their hopes, their fears, their sufferings and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do. We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for eachother. Priestley puts this message into the play through Goole, to the audience aswell as the characters of the ficticous play. Writing this in 1945 at the end of the war is significant to Preistleys' intentions. He wanted to tell people that after two world wars, the classes and society didn't have to go back to how they were, everyone should have more of a chance to be equal. In the war, poor working class men were fighting alongside rich businessmen in France, and at a time of war, nobody cared. Priestley wanted this to carry on into the future. ...read more.

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