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

On page 56 of J.B Priestlys Play An Inspector Calls, the Inspector makes his final speech which i am going to analyse.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Nancy Redman 10KMW An Inspector calls GCSE English Literature Coursework On page 56 of J.B Priestlys Play An Inspector Calls, the Inspector makes his final speech in which he says: 'But just remember this. One Eva Smith is gone - but there are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives 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 one another. And I tell you the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire blood and anguish. Good night.' I am going to try to understand an explain the effect it is supposed to have on: 1) the other characters, and 2) the audience. I will study techniques the inspector uses in his final speech. And explore the meaning of 'Fire Blood and Anguish.' I will refer to the social context and the themes in the play. I will also discuss the inspector and analyse who or what he is meant to represent. There are three main themes in the play: Social versus individual responsibility, Capital verses labour, and Guilt verses denial. ...read more.

Middle

It reminds them that although this incident didn't happen, another could happen at any moment and they need to be more careful about what they say and do in the future. He contradicts Mr Birling and says: 'We do not live alone, We are members of one body. We are responsible for one another.'(56) The exact opposite of what Mr Birling says on page 10: But the way some of these cranks talk and write now, you'd think everybody has to look after everybody else.' I think by contradicting the two it will make them think more, perhaps he is trying to anger Mr Birling in order to make him think about what is being said more carefully. In contrast I think that the speech is meant to encourage Sheila and Eric to continue the way they are, to support them and help them not to give in to the conservative views of the time. I can imagine how hard it would be constantly battling against people as ignorant as Mr and Mrs B and that speech by the inspector could give that little extra push to Sheila and Eric not to let others silence them. To Gerald I think it is meant to have the effect that it makes him turn around, he has the ability to change his way for life, if he changes now he will have 40 or 50 years to help change society whereas Mr and Mrs B do not have that. ...read more.

Conclusion

The play never answers the mystery of who the inspector is meant to represent and what his identity is. All the other characters are realistic and believable and have a role to play, the inspector too has a role to play as the play would not happen without him, however it would seem out of contrast if the inspector was nothing more than a dramatic device. The inspector seems to know what is going to happen on several occasions. An example of this is on page 48 where he says 'not yet, I'm waiting.' It is then discovered that Eric was the father of Eva's child and almost straight after that Eric enters. From this is could be said that the inspector was a time traveller from the future, however I think that there was a much stringer link between Priestly himself and the inspector. Priestly shared many of the inspector's views, and I think was trying to express his opinions through the inspector and what he says. The play centres mainly on the inspector and so it would seem fitting that Priestly chose the most important character to represent himself and what he feels. If he felt so strongly on a subject, I do not think that he would have the main character undermining his opinion. And so I think that the inspector was actually the voice of Priestly. ...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. Discussthe role of the Inspector in the play 'An Inspector Calls'

    Eva's life first started going wrong when she worked for Arthur Birling at his factory after a strike about pay she was fired. "She was one of my employees and then I discharged her". Eva was fired for been a ringleader to a strike over pay.

  2. Analyse the dramatic qualities of Mr. Birlings speech on pages 9/10 of Act1 of ...

    Priestly in this scene shows how serious Mr. Birling is and how powerful he feels. Priestly shows this seriousness through the way Mr. Birling speaks; there are a lot of dashes in his speech, allowing Mr. Birling to stop and pause to think.

  1. How does J.B Priestly explore the issues of social responsibility on 'An Inspector Calls'?

    This was Priestly's way of expressing a sense of urgency which he thought necessary to pass on to society so that they would not forget what had just transpired and take heed. It is his way of expressing his socialist views.

  2. Write an essay on the development of a character from Priestly's play "An Inspector ...

    After she confesses to the Inspector, Sheila breaks down. She feels very sorry for all the pain she has caused Eva Smith. The Inspector makes her feel responsible for using her wealth, importance and influence to get a truly innocent girl sacked from her last steady job. Sheila sobs and cries, like a child.

  1. Eva Smith's Diary

    15/March/1911 I met Gerald again today. He was very pleased to see me as well as I was pleased to see him. Emma said I should tell him about me not having a place to stay and that most rich men who are really interested in a young lady usually find solution.

  2. An Inspector Calls - How does the writer explore the themes of social responsibility, ...

    A rise for all of the employers would have been morally right, but very bad for the business that Birling ran and would have greatly reduced profits, so Birling did the thing that was right for him as would have been expected with his character, although nowadays you would not

  1. What is the function of the inspector in JB Priestly's 'An Inspector Calls.'

    The inspector also takes control of the situation all the way throughout the whole play, he is the person that structures the play. This effects the characters and the audience in an important way. It portrays to the characters and audience that the inspector is a person, which is in charge and is very determined in whatever he does.

  2. How does Priestley make the Inspectors final speech so powerful?

    The verb ?left? suggests that someone has to take responsibility for caring for these members of society and Priestley makes the audience feel a connection with people like Eva as we feel it is now our duty to help those like her.

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