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What is the purpose of the inspector in the play

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Introduction

What is the purpose of the inspector in the play "An Inspector Calls"? How does the inspector ensure in the versions you have watched, that he is successful in achieving his purpose? Refer to specific incidences and use textual references to support your ideas An inspector calls is written by J.B Priestley and is about a prosperous manufacturer named Arthur Birling. In the early years of last century, he is holding a family dinner party to celebrate his daughter's engagement. Into this cosy and happy scene intrudes a police inspector called Inspector Goole. He is apparently investigating the suicide of a young working class woman and under the pressure of his interrogation every member of the family turns out to have a shameful secret that links them to her death. The main character in this play is inspector Goole, the name sounds like "ghoul" this is someone who has interest in death. ...read more.

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The inspector sees the world as a community where everyone should be helping each other out. This shows that the inspector voices Priestley's socialist views. In my opinion the purpose of the inspector was to blame the Birling family and make the feel guilty for what they have done. He is a very strong-minded character and keeps control of the situation very well. The reason I think this is because in the play the Inspector comes in head high and makes him self straight at home. He also comes in very confident. He also annoys Mr Birling very quickly. The BBC production shows us that the inspector in confident, strong minded and fearless. In the BBC production the inspector comes in head high and makes him self at home straight away even though he does not know Mr Birling. The inspector makes him self-important and because of this is able to hide the photo. ...read more.

Conclusion

In my opinion the purpose of the inspector was to go to the Birling family and blame everyone as much as possible. His aim is to make everyone on that family to feel guilty. He also wants to reveal everyone's secret to the rest of family members. I think the inspector represents Priestley's strong moral view. The moral allows the others to see they can find forgiveness through future good behaviour and makes the inspector very different from the normal policeman. He is more concerned with morality then legality. The inspector also demonstrates how people are responsible for how they affect the lives of others. He sees the world as being one big community where everyone should be helping each other. This view goes hand in hand with socialism. I think Priestley's message to the audience is to make people think about their actions and consequences. We also should look and help out each other, whoever they may be. Priestley's also disliked the class system, and wanted to the show the audience how unfair the class system can be. ...read more.

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