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

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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.


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.


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.

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