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Role of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly

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The role of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly. Inspector Goole is probably the most important character in An Inspector Calls. He creates big impressions and somehow reveals all about the Birling family and Gerald Croft. He interrupts their celebrations to question them over the death of Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton. In the process of doing this he makes some of the characters realise what they are really like, and how the small actions they had done in the past affected her and lead to her death. He enters in a most appropriate way, "dressed in a darkish suit of the period?. ...read more.


This behaviour helps to ensure that the family believe he is a real police inspector and so they don't find out who he really is. He mostly remains calm and asks questions often. He uses the answers to manipulate them so he can question them further. When he asks his questions he jumps straight to the point; such as, "I think you know Eva Smith now don't you Mr Birling?? He has a large dramatic impact on the characters and audience. The Inspector creates shock at the very beginning of the play. Just after he enters he drops in the point that "she'd swallowed a lot of strong disinfectant". This shocks the audience and characters as you can tell by Eric's expression "My God" immediately afterwards. ...read more.


At this moment, the audience would be on the edge of their seat and wondering what is going to happen or what is going to be said. In conclusion, the inspector played a big part in people?s lives and that the play has many messages to it. For example, one message of the play could be "don't judge a book by its cover" as everyone in the play thought the inspector was real and they released information but the fact is, that he was a fake and they didn't find out until Gerald came back and told them. When he leaves the play and the audience finds out that he was not a real inspector it leaves the audience wondering about who he could be and where he could be going now, with the information he had gathered from the Birling family and Gerald croft. ...read more.

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