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The inspector in An Inspector Calls.

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An Inspector Calls J.B. Priestly 'An Inspector Calls' written by J.B. Priestly, 1945, but was set in 1912. As he had lived through both wars he could see what had actually happened in the time the play was set. In the play, he uses the characters to express his views about socialism and possibly about class divisions. This essay will show the role of the inspector, 'Inspector Goole' and how Priestly puts across his views. The play 'An Inspector Calls', is about the Birling family, who are quite well off, and they are celebrating their daughters engagement with her 'to be' husband, Gerald. The father is happy that his daughter is getting married to him as Gerald's father is the owner of a company who Birling would like to have closer to him. Maybe start a partnership. The inspector comes to the celebration and breaks up the party, questioning the family on the death of a young girl, Eva Smith, who had died by drinking disinfectant. ...read more.


Birling. I'm on duty. He also talks like a real inspector, such as asking questions and going through the whole story of what happened, starting at the beginning, and going through Eva Smiths life story. Inspector: Do you remember her, Mr. Birling? Birling: No - I seem to remember hearing that name - Eva Smith - somewhere. But it doesn't convey anything to me. And I don't see where I come into this. Inspector: She was employed in your works at one time. Act one, page 12 Sheila's reactions to Goole change towards the end of Act one, as you can see she doesn't like the way he is blaming her for something she doesn't believe is her fault, and she runs out crying. He also gives her a lot of questions to answer, quickly. 'And why did you do that?' 'And what had this girl done to make you lose your temper?' ' And was it the girls fault?' Act One page 23 The inspector expresses his opinions about the behaviour of Gerald and Mrs. ...read more.


It is also putting across the socialist views of J.B. Priestly, and about his views on class. It seems to bring out he whole meaning of the play. If priestly hadn't included this closing speech, the play wouldn't have mean much to the reader, and it wouldn't seem finished. It seems to wrap up the whole play and give the moral of the story. At the end of the play, we can answer the essay question set. How has priestly used the role of the inspector in the play?' All the way through the play, the inspector has been used to put across J.B. Priestly socialist views and class divisions. It shows at the end that everyone should be treated equally, and just because they are less well off, they shouldn't be taken down by people of a higher class, and that there should not be class divisions as it can cause much pain in someone's life just because someone has more money that another person. Emily Shimell 10A An Inspector Calls GCSE English Essay Mrs Hill ...read more.

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