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Write about Inspector Goole's role in the play. How far is he a believable policeman? How does Priestly use the Inspector in the play? How does the Inspector's treatment of the characters vary?

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WRITE ABOUT INSPECTOR GOOLE'S ROLE IN THE PLAY. HOW FAR IS HE A BELIEVABLE POLICEMAN? HOW DOES PRIESTLY USE THE INSPECTOR IN THE PLAY? HOW DOES THE INSPECTOR'S TREATMENT OF THE CHARACTERS VARY? PRE-1918 DRAMATIC TEXT: AN INSPECTOR CALLS BY J. B. PRIESTLY ANIRUDH KATOCH, KING EDWARD VI HIGH SCHOOL The Inspector is a critical part of J.B. Priestly "An Inspector Calls". He is a catalyst in a concoction of Edwardian lies and deceit. The Inspector's role in the play is to make the other characters realise how people are responsible for how they affect the lives of others. Priestly thought that if we are more aware of responsibility, the world should learn from their mistakes and develop into a place where every can be treated fairly. The Inspector states that everyone is, "...intertwined with our lives..." (p. 56). It is interesting that the Inspector enters after Birling has just finished his speech on society and how he says, "...you'd think everybody has to look after everybody else" (p. 10). The Inspector is the antithesis of Mr. Birling's Victorian and capitalist view on society: every man for himself. Clearly, throughout the play, the Inspector has talked about the community, togetherness and sharing. The Inspector expresses an individual view of society. From the dialogue, it is evident that the Inspector has a socialist view. A socialist is a person who believes in a political and economic theory or system where the community, usually through the state, owns the means of production, distribution and exchange. An example of a socialist view from the Inspector is, "...we are members of one body. ...read more.


The Inspector's role is to be a policeman. As a policeman, he is particularly authoritative, in his dialogue and in his personal presence: "he creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness." (p. 11). The stage directions continually show the Inspector "cutting through massively" (p.12), "massively taking charge" (p.28), "With authority" (p.34), "taking charge, masterfully" (p.55). He grows and remains solid when everyone else breaks down. Again, the Inspector can undermine Birling by being the law and thus above him even though being in a lower social class, he controls everything and everybody. He even controls what people say: Sheila comments that "somehow he makes you" (p. 37) say things. Such as when the Inspector uses the characters' own keenness to avoid the blame for example when Mrs. Birling is encouraged by the Inspector to denounce the father of Eva's baby, before allowing them to realise that the father is Eric - "If he is, then we know what to do, don't we? Mrs. Birling has just told us." (p. 49). His speech is not only manipulative but the Inspector speaks "carefully, weightily" (p. 11) this is to control and organise the plot of the play. His language is often blunt and sometimes intentionally harsh. For example, when the Inspector says that Eva was "burnt her inside out, of course" (p.11) or how "she was in great agony" (p. 11) or "after several hours of agony" (p.17) Eva died in "misery and agony" (p. 28). He uses these short, razor-sharp and brutal descriptions to keep the image of Eva constantly in the eyes of the audience. ...read more.


The aspect of realism was avant-garde for that time, as one must realise that reality television was not in their common knowledge. It also makes the play itself relevant at any time and even more important now. One may suggest that Priestly wanted his magnum opus to be access at any time. Hence, connecting into how Priestly wanted to make the play seem flawless. He added the element of three unities. This is part of Classical Greek drama where one action happens in one day and night. The unity of place was added later. Due to the fact of the characters of the play committing more than one of the Seven Deadly sins, this play is an abstract from the medieval morality play where Priestly also wants to make a moral point. He evolves this into a polemic piece of writing expressing his own political and ethical point of view. In conclusion, one finds that Priestly's use of the Inspector is critical for the success of the play. Priestly is the Inspector, the Inspector is Priestly: the symbiotic relationship between character and author is potent and creates the distinctive edge needed. The Inspector uses a myriad of mystery, which injects intrigue into the play in which he is successful. The powerful polemic is successfully carried out by Priestly's passion for the truth and what is morally just. Yet, Priestly and the Inspector are catalysts whose social principles disregard when judged with the desire for truth and justice. Not only does the disinfectant kill Eva, or the morals of the Birlings, but kills our materialistic social view. ?? ?? ?? ?? ANIRUDH KATOCH HOW DOES CHAPTER 8 PREPARE THE READER FOR THE NOVEL TO FOLLOW? - 1 - ...read more.

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