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

What Is The Purpose Of The Inspector’s Visit, And How Successfully Does He Achieve It?

Extracts from this document...


AN INSPECTOR CALLS BY J.B. PRIESTLEY WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE INSPECTOR'S VISIT, AND HOW SUCCESSFULLY DOES HE ACHIEVE IT? Who is this Inspector? 'Goole. G. Double O-L-E.' (Pg 16) This quote only gives part of a very large mysterious puzzle as to who this stranger is. But what does this quote mean? What does the play mean? What is the meaning of life? WHO IS THE INSPECTOR? Lets us start at the beginning. Who is the Inspector? We are told by the 'illusionary' Inspector himself that he is a police Inspector, named Goole. But as we find out on pg62, 'That man wasn't a police officer.' So who was he? His name gives us one baffling clue in the effort to unscramble the mystery in the whodunit, or who/what/where/whydunit. His name, GOOLE, when pronounced actually sounds like GHOUL; as in ghost, and can give us one lead as to the fact to the idea that he might be a ghost. Perhaps he is a ghost of Eva's unborn child, or perhaps he is the child from the future. We certainly can gather evidence as to the proof that the Inspector is some kind of ghost, phantom or spectre. (Pg48-stage direction) 'He looks at his watch.' This is evidence that can verify the claim that the Inspector is some kind of ghost. It is the intimidating way in which the Inspector glances at his watch before an important event happens, that also indicates his spirit ways. In this case when the inebriated Eric returns to the gathering of penitent people. The looking at the watch signifies that he knows the future and the way in which people will react to his questioning. Another way in which his wraithlike element is portrayed is the fact that the Inspector leaves before any questions are asked about who he really is. (Pg56, stage directions) 'He (the Inspector) ...read more.


Again, (pg57) 'I was almost certain for a knighthood in the next Honours List-' the self-absorbed Birling is caring only of what other people think of him. This is another reason why the 'Inspector called.' To teach Birling about really he shouldn't care about what other people think of him. Back onto the Inspector's speech on page 56. 'We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other.' John Donne, an English poet and prose writer who was born in 1572 wrote a simple poem, which explains part of J.B Priestley's message. It is ironic how an author in 1946 is still trying to get a message across, that was being sent out three hundred and twenty years ago! The words of John Donne are, 'No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know...' This means that we most care for each other, in Biblical terms; we are all related, brothers and sisters in the eyes of the Lord. In the last part of the play, 'And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will he taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night.' the meat and bones of it all. This is the end of the line. We as a society have to make a change now, or we can never change the attitudes of the world. The world is currently in a time of great change. The change is greatly mechanical, but the change also needs to be human. We have to change or the world will be divided, and destroyed. It will be destroyed through class divide and through not thinking about others, and not communicating to and with others. ...read more.


When Birling is celebrating that he and his family are 'scandleless' he shows no consideration for his wrong doings. Gerald joins him in this celebration. (Pg70) 'The whole story's just a lot of moonshine. Nothing but an elaborate sell! (He produces a big sigh of relief) Nobody likes to be sold as badly as that - but - for all that - (he smiles at them all,) Gerald, have a drink.' Mrs Birling remains so quiet half the time; so unnervingly silent! Mrs Birling spends most of her time silently observing the crowd. She seems quite intelligent thinking deeply how the consequences of her family around her will affect her social life! Mrs Birling first comes into our wider imagination as a charitable woman who helps others. But maybe it is she who needs the charity. She too thinks about how class is important in her life, and how material values are more important than love etc. She portrays the image of a very lonely woman who needs to be brought back down to earth. With this image, and in reality, Mrs Birling is incapable of understanding the message and purpose. Perhaps the fact that she was brought up as an upper person, and never understood life of another class, adds to why she can't comprehend these factors. So the final out come of the Inspector's visit was half positive, half negative. But perhaps the positive half can 'spread the word' about how society should change. CONCLUSION There are so many reasons as to 'who what where and why' the Inspector was. But this play is not about a pompous family and an innocent engagement. This play is about life. Life is so big; we could not possibly understand it all. It would go on for infinity. But the morals of the Inspector/J.B.Priestley have taught our society to be truthful, caring, and, to treat each other with the respect that every human being deserves. WE DO NOT LIVE ALONE. - 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. To what extent do you feel that the Characters are changed by the Inspector's ...

    When Sheila gives Gerald back the ring in Act 2 he would doubtless have wished to get back in favour with Mr and Mrs Birling. This state of mind means that he appears to finally come out on the side of Birling and he does whatever he can to be supportive towards them.

  2. What effect does the visit of Inspector Goole have on the Birling family? How ...

    out, "you've confessed to theft, and now he knows all about it, and he can bring it out at the inquest." The Birling's are a respectable family, and Mr.Birling wants it to be kept that way. He doesn't think that Eric's problems could be partly his fault and refuses the idea that his drinking problem is a cry for help.

  1. In 'An Inspector calls', how do your chosen characters react ...

    The first person to be interviewed is Mr Birling. We can see from the answers he gave that he is an arrogant man, and he does not accept his faults. Mr Birling is a person who is disorientated in terms of current and future events. He dismisses the prospect of war 'the Germans don't want war', and insists that

  2. What message do you think that Priestley is trying to give in 'An Inspector ...

    These two texts are similar as they both convey a message that we should follow and live by. The author's views are quite similar as they both refer to middle class and working class in socialist terms. Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843 to aware people of the homeless

  1. Eva Smith's Diary

    He didn't tell me where he was going but there wasn't any much point. He sounded like he had something else to say but I couldn't let him. I was flooding down with tears and he was trying to tell me it was all going to fine.

  2. In 'An Inspector Calls', the author, J.B. Priestley chose to set the play in ...

    Different productions of the play also portray extremely dissimilar interpretations. For example, the 1945 national theatre production depicting him as a harsh 'time traveller' is the antithesis of the 'benevolent ghost' form of the inspector (which actually misses his aggressive, almost threatening final lecture in order to harmonise with his philanthropic interpretation)

  1. 'An Inspector Calls' - how does Priestly resent the character of Goole? If ...

    In reality Mr. Birling is a greedy man who is cold hearted and only thinks of no one but himself. Near the end of the play Birling begins to feel sorry for Eva Smith, the inspectors visit had brought out Mr.

  2. Write About The Ways In Which Birling, Eric and Gerald Treat Women

    Mr Birling also tries to let Sheila know who is in charge as his pride gets dented whenever Sheila tries to take control. Mr Birling and his wife both are infuriated with Sheila's display of remorse.

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