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"Inspector Goole is little more than a staging device to explore the sins of the mayor characters" In this essay I will discuss the role of the Inspector in the play in depth. This will allow me; to prove the hypothesis either right or wrong. The play opens with the Birling Family and Gerald gathered together to celebrate the engagement of Sheila and Gerald. However there is doubt of the engagement being more of a business proposal. This is shown by a suggestion Birling made in his speech; of how the Crofts and Birlings should no longer compete but work together. In the dining room there's laughter, teasing comments and moving speeches. Suddenly the joyful atmosphere is torn apart by the dramatic intrusion of a harsh figure investigating the suicide of Eva Smith. Under interrogation the shameful secrets are revealed linking each family member and Gerald towards the dramatic death of this young woman. J.B. Priestly wrote "An Inspector Calls" during one week in 1945. He was a Yorkshire man who lived from 1894 to 1984. The play seems to be about the key conflicts taking place in the English society in 1945. ...read more.


The older generation are old-fashioned. We learned this from the beginning, the authority Arthur and Sybil Birling have is unquestioned, and they are in control. Because Arthur is the boss of Birling and Company, he is supposed to be in charge of the family. However Sybil is in charge of domestic arrangements, these include reprimanding Eric, organising Edna et cetera. From their point of view, the younger generation are still basically "children" who are expected to follow dutifully in their parents' footsteps. The older generation would be so stuck up in their pride and arrogance that they wouldn't realise what they have done, until the Inspector came. This is show by Sybil obsession with her social status during the play, e.g. she refused to believe that Eva/Daisy turned down Eric's money because it was stolen, saying that a "girl of that sort" does not have "fine feelings and scruples". However the younger generation are clearly affected by the Inspector's manipulative methods. Mostly shown by Sheila for example; Sheila's language changes during the play. At the start of the play Sheila uses simple, playful and quite childish language, e.g. ...read more.


These including he could be a ghost, simply due to the fact that his last name is "Goole", which sounds like "Ghoul". Some people believe he is a paranormal force or maybe Eva smith/Daisy Renton's spirit. He could also be someone holding a grudge against the Birling family and he considers this to be the perfect timing to confront them. Others believe he could represent a religious figure, representing morality and moral stance. Even in some production he has been portrayed as the spirits of Eva' unborn child. The point is, we don't know. We're as clueless as the Birlings are. As Sheila and Eric realise, the important thing is to understand that "we are responsible for each other". Staging devices such as lighting, narration, dance sequences, sound effects and music usually intended to enhance the central message or to create the desired mood and atmosphere. In An Inspector Calls, Inspector Goole's role is important to the play's message of responsibility. However it would be unfair to 'just' to call him a staging device. To conclude, I believe Inspector Goole is a staging device but he exceeds beyond the expectations required from a staging device. Inspector Goole corners his victim's with stern question which enhances tension. ...read more.

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