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Role Of the inspector

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What is the role of the inspector in The Inspector Calls? While An Inspector Calls proved to be popular with its audience the problem seemed to lie with their understanding of the character Inspector Goole. Inspector Goole is a thought-provoking and mysterious character that one could perceive in many ways. Questions asked are: was he a realistic straightforward police Inspector, was he a hoaxer or was he something more? Whether the inspector was a realistic police inspector or something else Priestley used the character of the inspector for a particular reason. In act 1 when the inspector enters he is described as creating 'an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness'. This implies that his role was created for a purpose. J.B. Priestley grew up with his fathers socialist friends and found himself joining in with their political arguments. He believed a great deal in socialism and he used the play to try and influence people to be socialist as well. ...read more.


This speech gave a complete opposite message to the one that Mr Birling gave when he said that 'a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own.' It was at that point where the Inspector entered, as if to prove him wrong. In this same speech the Inspector says 'We are members of one body' and 'if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.' This makes reference to the future war and it seems that the inspector is implying that the war was sent to punish people for not working together. Through out the play the inspector is shown as a figure of authority. We see him 'massively taking charge' and disputing with the Birlings. A real police inspector would not do this. Priestley also gives the character of Inspector Goole a sort of super natural quality. ...read more.


They also believed this as the inspectors name is 'Goole' which reminds us of 'Ghoul' meaning someone who is interested in death or disaster. The role of the inspector was to teach and influence people to be socialist. Priestley created the character to convey his own opinions and attitudes through the inspector across to the audience. The last and powerful speech that the inspector made was said near to the end of the play so that it would not be an idea forgotten. Priestley wanted his audience to think about how they may have hurt someone before, making them feel guilty. Priestley does not explain who or what the inspector was, leaving his audience to interpret the character in their own way. By leaving questions unanswered, Priestley invites his audience to think about the play. I believe that this tactic was used to ensure that his viewers continued to think about the story and about the issues of socialism. ...read more.

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