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How does Priestly show the inspector to be more than just an inspector

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Emma Brittain. 10.6 How does Priestly show the inspector to be more than just an inspector? What did 'An Inspector calls`' audience want? It was 1946- they wanted post-war entertainment, they wanted mystery, suspense and macabre murders. That got it in the form of this timeless play. And with the thrill it gave, it tuned its audience back to seeking amusement from theatre, rather than from the more modern cinemas, which was part of the play's purpose. Its purpose was rather more to bring attention to Priestly's moral views. In the form of Inpector Goole, Priestley shows his audience that socialism should be taken serisously as, one by one; The Inspector converts each character into taking responsibility. 'An Inspector calls' is a prime example of a late 1940s detective thriller, and it delivers a strange feeling of intriguing guilt and responsibility that Priestley wishes upon the audience. Firstly, the inspector's name itself, Goole, suggests something over-worldly, because of it's likeness to the word Ghoul, meaning spectre, which links to the girls state and gives the inspector a somewhat seemingly grave quality. ...read more.


Also, to begin with, the lighting was 'pink and intimate' which displays to the audience a rose-tinted atmosphere which is light and welcoming. However, when the inspector arrives this alters to 'brighter and harder' lighting as if to inspect and expose the family more, though they may wish for more comfort. It remains this uncomfortably bright throughout, much as the inspector stays strong throughout and revealed the family's guilt though it made them uncomfortable. The photograph of Eva Smith by the Inspector on page 21 is also a dramatic device used by Priestley that creates suspense in the audience. He does this by having the inspector only show the photo to one person at a time and being especially secretive with it and not showing the others. This leaves a burning question for the audience's mind to linger on throughout- is it the same photograph? This question is left unanswered until the every end, intriguing the audience with the photos' and the inspector's mystery. Another element that makes the inspector more than just another character is his views and morality. ...read more.


So therefore, without him, there would be no play, because he is the catalyst and the character that pressures the others to confess one by one. Even when the inspector has left the Birlings, they still seem infatuated by his mysterious and seemingly omniscient ways. Priestly also reveals the characters personalities and opinions through stage directions. For example, on page 11, the inspector's boldness is shown straight way 'he creates at once an impression of masiveness' and on page 12, he is quick to defy Mr. Birling by interrupting him, and 'cutting through massively'. The way it is written that he should deliver his words and react with the characters in the stage directions are yet more reason to believe he is more than simply an inspector. In conclusion, The Inspector of Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls' is far more than an inspector, through the way he is directed and how the other characters find him to be so dominant. I believe Priestley has written the Inspector to be this way through his dramatic devices because Priestly needed to express his own socialistic views via the Inspector and have them dominate over the characters selfishness as he wishes it would in reality. ...read more.

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