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How far is the inspector a believable policeman?

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How far is he a beleivable polieman and does Priestley use the inspector in the play An Inspector Calls? In the play an Inspector Calls, Priestly introduces some very interesting characters. The main character is Police Inspector Goole. He arrives at the Birling's to carry out an investigation of Eva Smith's death. However, there is a more important reason for him to be present in the play. The play is set in nineteen twelve because this was a time when inequality was high and the division between classes were very large. Priestly uses characters such as Eva Smith to represent all of the lower class and how people in the upper class such as the Birling's, treat them. It is also set in 1912 because this was the year that the Titanic sank. There is a reference to this in the play when Birling is talking to Gerald about being a practical businessman. ...read more.


He plays a ghost as we find out he is not real. Additionally he plays a fraud because he is not a real inspector, but he does act as an Inspector. The inspector adds a great deal of tension and drama to the play. Priestley does this because he brings tension between the younger generation consisting of Sheila and Eric and the older generation consisting of Gerald, Mrs. Birling and Birling because of the inspector. Priestley uses the inspector as a substitute of himself to put his socialist points across. This adds drama because we have to think about what he is trying to do. The life that the Birlings live is very nice and easy but Priestley is showing how most great things always end in disaster like the evening they are having, celebrating Sheila's engagement. Throughout most of the play, J.B Priestley uses the inspector as a leading role in the play to put forward his points and views. ...read more.


Priestley makes Inspector Goole use language that has force and the Inspector manipulates the characters to get them to confess on what they have done. In the play, the final words of the inspector indicate clearly Priestley's message. The purpose of this speech is to leave the Birlings with an overwhelming feeling of guilt, so they realise what they have done and mend their ways before another tragedy like this occurs again. He says that everybody is "responsible for each other" and that the "millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths" all count as people. This is Priestley's social message to the audience and to the Birlings. The Inspector tells the Birlings that if man will not learn this lesson "then they will be taught in fire, blood and anguish" The events led by the inspector between the two speeches, and the last speech together give the audience a clear idea of his message. From Pristley's views, dull visions of how the century started is also how it ended, with selfishness and greed. Amar Hayer 10PFL ...read more.

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