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Inspector Goole in An inspector calls

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Inspector Goole in An inspector calls I will be answering the question "What is the importance of the inspector in J. B Preisley's 'An Inspector Calls'". I think the Inspector is the characters guilty conscience. To prove this I will go through every character and comment on how they react to the Inspector and I shall also comment on how the Inspector reacts to the Birlings and Gerald. Inspector Goole makes his entrance in the middle of the Birlings celebration, they are celebrating the engagement of Sheila (their daughter) to Gerald Croft son of sir George Croft of Crofts Limited. At the time the Inspector enters Mrs. Birling and Sheila have left the room so Mr. Birling, Gerald and Eric (his son) are left in the room. Mr. Birling is in the middle of a speech to Eric and Gerald: "a man has to make his own way-has to look after himself-and his family to". He is cut off when the maid Edna tells Mr. Birling that an Inspector is here to see him this might be a secret message by J.B Priestly (the writer of the play) ...read more.

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It finally comes out that Gerald had been with Daisy Renton during the previous summer when he stayed away from Sheila. But at least Gerald kept her happy for a time said the Inspector he gave her money and a place to live which is more than the rest of them did. Mrs. Birling is next to be questioned and Sheila is telling her not to build a wall between them and the girl but Mrs. Birling doesn't understand, Mrs. Birling works at charity organisation which helps young pregnant women and Eva Smith went there for help. The Inspector is trying to make Mrs. Birling feel ashamed but it isn't working "I don't feel ashamed for my actions I was only doing my duty". Now the, Mrs. Birling tells the Inspector that the father of Eva Smith's child should be dealt with very severely this statement will haunt her and she will regret saying it later on. Eric is last to be questioned and it is probably the most significant of the he rest of them he got Eva Smith pregnant he stole a lot of money from his father and it had come out that he had a drink problem and Eric found out that his mother had killed his son. ...read more.

Conclusion

He refers to his high status all the time and his comments are littered with referrals to whom he knows and who he is. "Perhaps I ought to warn you that he's an old friend of mine" There's an example of Mr Birling name-dropping about Chief Constable Roberts. My view on Mr Birling is that he was only worried about people who have more power than him, or are more well known. He seems to have the right contacts in the right places. My final conclusion on the Inspector is he could have been one of many of things. His name "Goole" sounds like "ghoul" which might be a link. This suggests this he could have just been an apparition, a ghost, a figment of the imagination of a guilty members of the family. It also gives an eerie atmosphere. There's also the idea that Inspector Goole could be Eva Smith/Daisy Renton taking on the form of the inspector to make them feel guilty and to know what had happened to her after what the family had done to her. The Inspector is the main part in the story and is simply there to stand for justice for the lower class who have been neglected by higher class citizens such as Mr Birling and his wife and people like them. ...read more.

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