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1) The inspector could be seen as the mouthpiece for Priestley, and many of the points that the inspector makes throughout the play are ideas that Priestley himself strongly believes in, like the idea that everyone is partly responsible for each other's actions. Priestly is also a very firm socialist and did not agree with capitalism at all, this point of view is echoed by the inspector by the way he takes on Mr Birlings business ethics and how manages to actually convert the younger generation (Sheila and Eric) throughout the play so that they too begin to harbour socialist ideas. 2) The inspector can be seen to be God himself through a few things. The Inspector seems to possess omniscient powers from the way he knows exactly what each character has done even before questioning them, although the Inspector claims to have read Eva Smith diary we get the feeling that he knows more than he's letting onto. The Inspector also has the ability to force out information from even the most stubborn characters such as Mr and Mrs Birling. ...read more.


He wants them to realise that they have acted selfishly and shown no collective responsibilities. He is able to do this to all of them and manages to actually make Eric and Sheila show remorse for the way they have acted. The inspector forces us to examine our own conscience of what is right and wrong, "We don't live alone," and if we abuse our power then the result will be "taught in fire and blood". The actual idea of responsibility is the central theme in An Inspector Calls'. Through this idea Inspector shows us that "we are responsible for each other'' Birling is proven wrong, and the Inspector shows responsibility is a central part to all our lives. His final speech had nothing to do with criminal law, but was a lecture on social responsibility and the perils of ignoring it. 4) The Inspector Goole may have been a time traveller and not a real inspector because of the timing of his entry, which is seemed to have been made exactly while Birling was making a very capitalist speech and he would have very much have liked to spoil their celebrations. ...read more.


It is as if before the moment at which Eva will decide whether or not to end her life. He also says he "doesn't need to know anymore" once he has shown the Birlings and Gerald what everyone has done, this shows he never had any intention of arresting anyone and that it wasn't a criminal inquiry. The idea that he may have been a time traveller is added to when the Birlings discover the there is no such officer by the name of 'Goole' in the local police fool which means he has somehow disappeared of the radar. The inspector also seems to have intimate knowledge Eva Smiths life, despite the fact they had never spoken, this suggests that he may have travelled in time to find this all out as even a diary would fail to give him the amount of information he seems to possess. Finally and perhaps the most important suggestion that the inspector may have been a time traveller is that he predicts a massive social catastrophe of "fire, blood and anguish" where he is clearly referring (for the Birlings) to the First World War. ?? ?? ?? ?? Who is the Inspector Hasan Riyaz 11H ...read more.

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