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

What is the function of Inspector Goole in J

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

What is the function of Inspector Goole in J.B Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls'? Introduction This essay will explore the functions of inspector Goole and the techniques he uses. This essay will explore the functions of inspector Goole in the play "An inspector calls" and the techniques uses to express the views of the playwright. The play "An inspector calls" was written at the end of world war two by J.B Priestley who was a socialist. The play was set in 1912 because J.B Priestley wanted the audience to support the socialist government so people could build a better future through social responsibility. At the end of world war two women started getting more equal rights because during world war two, women did most of the work that men did, so they were accepted to do jobs because they did most of the work. The new labour government proposed a National Health Service. In the play "An inspector calls", the inspector's character in the play is used to examine the lives of Birling family which is wealthy and find faults in the class system. This shows how all of the members are involved in the downfall of Eva Smith a young women who is treated unfairly and lack of social responsibility in the working class. Then eventually is driven to suicide due to their selfish and arrogant attitudes. ...read more.

Middle

Mr. Birling didn't want to raise the rates of labour because the money coming home would decrease because of high labour rates, so he said to Eva Smith and the other ring leaders that if you want to go some where else your free to go. So Eva Smith decided to leave but Mr. Birling didn't have any feeling for Eva Smith and just cared about his wealth and losing money because of his workers. Mrs. Birling felt that she should decide who needs help and who 'deserves it' in her view. Mrs. Birling says ,"...I think it simply a piece of gross impertinence-quite deliberate-and naturally that was one of the things that prejudiced me against her case.", Mrs. Birling didn't except Eva's case because Eva called herself 'Mrs. Birling' so Mrs. Birling thought she did it deliberately, she didn't help her in anyway and just refused to help. Even thought Eva Smith was pregnant because of Mrs. Birling's son Eric Birling. The inspector makes the family and the audience put themselves in Eva's shoes. Sheila says,"... I remember what he said how he looked, and what he made me feel. Fire and blood and anguish. And it frightens me the way you talk, and I can't listen to any more of it." Eric says," I agree with Sheila. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the end of the play Eric and Sheila have faced their responsibilities but their parents have not changed at all. Mr. and Mrs. Birling are mostly bothered about their reputation in the social society. We do not know if the inspector was a ghost or a real human because when he left a police inspector had rung and said he was on his way. "That was the police. A girl has died- on her way to the infirmary -after swallowing some disinfectant. And the police inspector is on his way here- to ask some-questions." In the play we don't know what he was but he had obviously come from the future like the ghost in the 'Christmas carol' he had taught some lessons and make Eric and Sheila face up to some social responsibility. At the end of the play the audience are left unknown what is going to happen at the end because after the inspector goes the phone rings and Mr. Birling answers it he say there is another police inspector on his way. In the play the inspector causes a lot of suspense he makes the Birling family face there responsibilities. It is like the inspector is a ghost of present come to the future to teach the Birlings a lesson of social responsibility. The purpose of the inspector is to give the Birling family a warning about the future and tell them what going to happen after he has left. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zanib Nasim 10D 1 ...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. Marked by a teacher

    How does Priestley create dramatic tension in Act 1 of An Inspector Calls up ...

    3 star(s)

    By saying this he means that he will not be lucky in the future, probably because of the secrets that are about to be unravelled. Secondly, Eric says that Sheila has a "nasty temper"; this foreshadows that she has a nasty temper with Eva Smith when she got her fired

  2. Discussthe role of the Inspector in the play 'An Inspector Calls'

    Priestley in 1945 and is set in 1912, focusing on a respectable upper class family; the Birlings. 'Inspector Goole' interrupts a joyful engagement celebration party between Sheila Birling and Gerald Croft, and the Inspector announces the horrifying news that, "Two hours ago a young woman died in the Infirmary.

  1. How does Preistley present the character of Inspector Goole in 'An Inspector Calls'?

    He portrayed these views through his play. The Inspector's character represents the views of Priestley, mainly through his dialogue and particularly in his final speech. The Inspector allows the play to be within a 'Whodunnit' genre. This is because he is trying to find out who is responsible for the suicide of Eva Smith.

  2. What is the function of Inspector Goole in J.B.Priestley's play, An Inspector Calls?

    Priestley uses this "drip-feeling" of information therefore is a way of keeping the audience and the characters in suspense. They are left wanting more knowledge and perhaps to see the conclusion of the dilemma. From this, the audience can predict who is involved by looking at the characters expressions and their dialogue.

  1. Important Quotations - An inspector Calls

    the working class. She is a snob and is very aware of the differences between social classes. She is irritated when Mr Birling makes the social blunder of praising the cook in front of Gerald and later is very dismissive of Eva, saying "Girls of that class...".

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

    At the height of tension, created by the climatic pattern of action, the inspector does his final speech. He has for one of the first times in the play, managed to get the whole family into the same room. This speech brings together the meaning of the play focussing in

  1. What is the Dramatic Function of the Inspector in 'An Inspector Calls'?

    get him to reveal everything and this annoys him and again he tries to get some power by saying, "I don't see we need to tell the inspector anymore" so he says he has said enough so he feels in control.

  2. An Inspector Calls. Explore the social and political views of the Birlings and the ...

    This is evident in the text when Sheila says, "well, he inspected us all right. And don't lets start dodging and pretending now. Between us we drove that girl to commit suicide." Here Sheila is getting agitated that its too late and what has been done and she still believes

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