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Inspector's role in An Inspector Calls.

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Inspector's role in An Inspector Calls. The scene for this novel is set in 1912, just before the war and during the time when the country was still very dogmatic, preventing the working classes from basic democracies. Written by J.B. Priestly in 1946, "An Inspector Calls" takes us into the comfortable and complacent world of the Birling family who are disturbed during a celebration of Sheila and Gerald's engagement, by the arrival of a mysterious police inspector. A young girl has committed suicide and it is revealed how all members of one family contributed to it. The clever novel resorts to the ripping off of masks that people at the top, with some sort of authority frequently wear. Unlike other novels, just when we the audience are tiring of discoveries, the whole action is given a dramatic twist and everyone is caught up in the unfolding events. When each member of the Birling family find out that all of them played a part in the death of Eva Smith, they react in very different ways and learn different things from the experience. When the inspector first enters the stage the atmosphere in the Birling family does not change much, although the inspector doesn't appear to be a big man, he does make him self appear strong and confident. ...read more.

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They all may have seen different photos. He then goes on to say that there was no evidence to prove that there really was a young girl called Eva Smith that had died. This is Gerald's view of how the inspector works and how it makes him a fraud. The inspector also tells us how and why he works. "It's the way I like to work. 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 sounds 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. The inspector is used in the story as someone who is supposed to be like J.B Priestley. ...read more.

Conclusion

If one person is affected in the community than all of us are. That is what Priestleys over all message is. I believe the over all role of the inspector was to play a substitute of Priestley and to get Priestleys 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, which to me is the point of the book. He is very effective and adds a great deal of drama. But just remember this. One Eva Smith has gone - but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do. We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night ...read more.

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