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How does the writer make the Inspector a figure of mystery and authority? "An Inspector Calls" is a play written by J.B. Priestley. He wrote the play in 1945 but it was set in the period 1912. The time of 1912 had many different laws and values. For instance, the class system was very much in play, splitting society into Upper Class, Middle Class and Lower Class. There was also a gender divide, even between families. All of this is shown very clearly by the upper class Birlings, the main characters in the dramatic and sinister "An Inspector Calls". "An Inspector Calls" was perhaps a play a little ahead of its time; introducing futuristic ideas and maybe even time travel. The Inspector is the only character that is the vehicle for this and he introduces it into other people's lives. Some people argue that the Inspector is not even a real character at all, but the Birlings' consciences, and that he represents the author's ideas of how society should be and what people should be like towards others and their community. The play revolves around the class system and the gender divide; how people should be acting and treating each other, that not only the upper class should be wealthy. ...read more.


He takes his time although he quite often interrupts Mr Birling but I believe this is just to be in control of everyone and to show them that he is, from now on, in charge of their conversations. Birling: (rather impatiently) I don't understand why you should come here, Inspector - Inspector: (cutting through massively) The stage directions used in this extract are quite unusual as although the word 'massively' is used to describe him interrupting, it is an odd phrase to be used. Inspector Goole waits for them to grow impatient before he answers which would make them more uncomfortable, especially with a heavy silence surrounding them. "The Inspector is watching Birling, and now Birling notices him." This shows how he is in control because as soon as he looks at someone they notice him and feel that they should answer or acknowledge him in some way, it is impossible for any of the characters to simply ignore him. In Act 1 on both page 12 and 21 he is very much in command and also quite mysterious when he will only show one person at a time a photograph of Eva Smith. ...read more.


"And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish." These are the most powerful lines of the play and portray an image of people being kinder to each other, but if not, then their time will come when things will fall apart around them. He means that if men don't learn that wealth is not everything then they will be taught it the hard way. These three words are extremely emotive, angry and forceful, and J.B. Priestley uses a rhetorical device of a grouping of three, to make a more enforced point. J.B. Priestley is, in essence, the Inspector. He uses him to put his idea forward about how he thought society should be like and how people should treat others and because of this Inspector Goole is an extremely important and powerful character. It is important for the Inspector to seem mysterious because he is not really a proper character, perhaps just representing the Birlings' consciences coming to life or ideas of how the world should have been. Also, because he has to deliver the message of the play, without him there would be no moral, or no story to tell. ...read more.

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