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Inspector calls - review

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Introduction

Inspector calls The inspector calls is an embodiment of collective conscience. The inspector plays a role of a socialist as he is against capitalist views. Also he does not just look out for himself but others as well. He plays a role of ghost, when we come to find out in the novel that 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 by bringing 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. He is known to be a catalyst for truth and brings a split in the Birling family and makes them angry at each other. When the inspector first enters the stage the atmosphere changes but not a great deal on first sight of the inspector. The inspector does not appear to be a big man but he does make him self appear strong and confident. Sheila changes the way she thinks and decides from now on she is going to be good. ...read more.

Middle

One person and one line of inquiry at a time. Otherwise, there's a muddle.' This shows us how the Inspector explains how he works and why. This sound like the real way an inspector should work which misleads us at the beginning of the play and makes us think he really is an inspector. This makes the story effective and dramatic because it all leads to a huge twist at the end when we find out the inspector does not really exist and there is no dead girl called Eva Smith however there is another twist at the end when they really do find out an Eva Smith had really died and an inspector is on his way over. This makes the story more interesting and more dramatic like a soap opera and it adds more suspense to the play. The inspector is used in the story as someone who is supposed to be like J.B Priestley. He is like a substitute for J.B Priestly and they are linked as the inspector is being used to put across his messages. The inspector is in the story to make the Birling's have responsibility for their actions. He is trying to make people think about what they do before they do it. ...read more.

Conclusion

The inspector had an enormous affect on the Birlings. He caused them to fall out with each other and go against each other. From all what he told them the only people that actually learnt their lesson was the younger generation. The elders did not as when they found out the inspector was a fraud they were celebrating so what the inspector said went through one ear out the other. I think the family could get back to how they were before but it would be on Sheila and Eric's conscience that they once helped lead a girl to suicide. Priestley's over all messages in this story was we are all part of one community and we have to look after each other rather than just looking out for ourselves. If one person is affected in the community than all of us are. That is what Priestley's over all message is. 'I believe the over all role of the inspector was to play a substitute of Priestley to get Priestley's messages across to the audience and the Birlings'. The Inspector has many hidden messages in him. He plays so many different roles and the he himself makes the whole story. He makes you think and puts across the messages. He is very effective and adds a great deal of drama. ...read more.

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