• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In An Inspector Calls, how does J. B. Priestley use Inspector Goole to make each character realise how responsible they are for the death of Eva?

Extracts from this document...


In An Inspector Calls, how does J. B. Priestley use Inspector Goole to make each character realise how responsible they are for the death of Eva? An Inspector Calls is about a family called the Birling's, the play starts off with them celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling and Gerald Croft. Only to have to cut short by an Inspector Goole who informs them of a death of one Eva Smith. The story An Inspector Calls was written by J. B. Priestly in 1945 but was set in 1912. J. B. Priestly uses the Inspector in a number of ways. Such as showing the other characters a photograph of Eva individually, he pushes them to tell the truth about their part in Eva's life. J. B. Priestly make the Inspector speak firmly aswell as asking questions he already knows the answers to. The Inspector also uses entrances and exits for more of the story to be revealed. The first character the inspector speaks to is Mr Birling. ...read more.


Priestley wanted the audience to realise women like Mrs Birling shouldn't be the head of a charity as they abuse their position in society. The inspector was not successful in making Mrs Birling feel responsible for her part in Eva's suicide. Mr and Mrs Birling's son Eric is somewhat of an alcoholic although his parents don't know. He got Eva pregnant and he gave her money to help but when she found out it was stolen she refused to keep it. The inspector allows him to leave the stage; this gives the Inspector time to talk to the others, getting most of the story before the big revelation about Eric being the father of Eva's baby. When Eric comes back into the room he says "You know, don't you?" this tells us that Eric is hiding something from the family bring in the room a more truthful atmosphere however it suggests also that Eric's life seems a bit more darker and brings in also the atmosphere of eeriness. ...read more.


"I don't come into this suicide business" suggests that Gerald is hiding something or that he doesn't want to be apart of a situation where things may seem to be spiralling out of control and more and more secrets are being told in the room where the atmosphere is slowly becoming a more truthful one, however Gerald saying this strongly suggests he does play a big role in the suicide and he is trying to avoid being sucked into the truthful atmosphere. Priestley wanted the audience realise that young men from aristocratic families with a lot of wealth my not be able to change so easily. The inspector was not successful in making Gerald feel responsible for his part in Eva's suicide. The inspector had most effect on Shelia and Gerald as both of them felt responsible for their part in Eva's death. The most effective tactics that Inspector Goole used were that he speaks carefully, weightily and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Amy Dack ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE J.B. Priestley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE J.B. Priestley essays

  1. An Inspector Calls - Who is responsible for the death of Eva Smith?

    I think Mrs Birling should accept quite a large proportion of the blame because, as she was the last of the characters to see Eva Smith, she pushed her over the edge as she pushed her out of her life.

  2. To what extent was each character responsible for Eva's death? (Inspector Calls)

    He doesn't think before acting. Eva is pregnant with Eric's baby' at this point he has stolen money from his father's office and presented it to Eva as she didn't have a job. This suggests Eric is still immature and hasn't learnt from his mistakes and still acts without thinking about the consequences; just acts impulsively.

  1. Who is most responsible for Eva Smith's death? How does Priestley use her death ...

    Birling had employed Eva Smith at his works until September 1910. At first when the inspector had asked him about Eva he couldn't remember her until the inspector showed him a photograph of her. He then remembered her and explained about his involvement.

  2. 'Analyse the Character of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls by J B Preistley'.

    Maybe this is because she an Eva might have been about the same age. Sheila might have been able to relate to her because of this, and she could have imagined how she might have feel if she were in Eva's position, which was being refused out of two different

  1. Which character do you think feels most responsible for Eva's death

    Of course the shop got a lot of their earnings off the Birlings family and they had no choice but to let the assistant go. The assistant was Eva Smith and Sheila is awfully regretful. ' I feel I can never go there (Milwards)

  2. An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley is a play about an inspector who tries ...

    from the other character's in the play, 'I went to the manager at milwards and I told him that if they didn't get rid of the girl, I'd never go near that place again'. This evidently shows the authority the inspector has over them all because of his intelligence and his prophet-like behaviour.

  1. Analyse the character of the Inspector in 'An Inspector Calls' by J B Priestley.

    J B Priestley was writing this play for the middle class audience and was trying to speak for the working class by showing how the Birlings and Gerald Croft were all involved in making a young girl's life a misery.

  2. Write about the function of inspector Goole in the play. How does J. B ...

    This will be obvious to an audience that has spent the years of the Second World War without the luxuries that the Birlings are so abundantly enjoying (rationing of many luxury - and basic - goods continued into the 1950s)'.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work