J. B Priestly started to write in 1911; his plays usually exposed a hidden message or moral. One of the two, this was used to get his message across.
He had an immense amount of courage, as he was not at all afraid to speak his mind; he enjoyed and got a thrill from political arguments and debates on capitalists and socialists. This could be due to Priestly being brought up with his father and friends who would debate a lot on capitalism and socialism, never the less Priestly grew up to be a socialist.The story An Inspector calls” was set in 1912; it mirrors the affects a typical capitalist family can cause, it also shows just how unfair and unjust their views are. This projected with the Birling family and the death of Eva Smith. In addition it illustrates how a socialist minority can help the economy, and how very different socialist views are. I am writing an essay on the role of the Inspector, in An Inspector Calls.
I will look at how he appears on stage, how he affects the other characters and how he is used to influence the audience and put across Priestly’s view.Inspector Goole is an inspector; he’s brought out to be a socialist. He’s also a major character in this morality play, as he’s the character who reveals how each of the characters participated with the death of Eva Smith. Before the inspector enters the Birlings house the atmosphere is joyful, soft and romantic.
The engagement of Sheila Birling and Gerald Croft are being celebrated. Birling and Eric were smoking cigars and drinking port...
. The lighting is pink, representing the romantic event. This pink lighting has a sudden change, towards the inspector’s entrance.The lighting changes from pink to a plain bright light.
This conveying the atmosphere’s change from romance, to the harsh unpleasant reality. The inspector is described as a short man in his fifties, wearing a hat and in a dark suit. He is a strong person, who brings himself across as someone who is in total control. The audience see him as a very intellectual person. The writer makes his entry dramatic by using the phrase “Sharp ring of the front door bell”.
The word “sharp” relates to a knife and getting to the point.Therefore, Priestly already builds tension even before the inspector has entered, making the scene look more significant. When the inspector asks the other characters questions, he looks them directly in the eye. The inspector doesn’t allow anyone to interrupt him, and manipulates the whole situation. Irony takes place here as roles are practically being switched.
Instead of the capitalist telling the inspector what to do, the inspector is telling them (the capitalists) what to do. Inspector calls is dramatically linked to the titanic, it was written in the same time as that of when the titanic sank.The titanic was based upon an upper-class trip around the Atlantic Ocean, inspector calls was also about an upper-class family who were celebrating and enjoying themselves in an engagement party. Both of these things were related because they were linked a
to be unbreakable and also impossible to sink and split up.
But both the expectations of the titanic and the happiness of the rich capitalist family came crashing down. As the inspector Goole enters the home he immediately created an impression of being superior this instantly has an impact on the audience, giving them a taster of how confident he is.As he begins to inspect he brings attention to Mr Birling, the employer of Eva Smith. The inspector now takes the role of Mr Birling’s conscience “I think you know Eva smith don’t you Mr Birling”, Mr Birling then replies by saying, “Yes I do, she was one of my employees and then I discharged her”. Its here the guilt within him starts to reveal itself slightly.
As both him and the audience know this could be associated with her death, as it was her job, her only source of income allowing her survival to prolong. It’s when the inspectors asks Mr Birling why he discharged Eva.The guilt within him here reveals itself, as the answer was; she went on strike for a raise in her income. At this point he knows for sure the discharge was associated with the catastrophic death of Eva Smith.
Sporadically the inspector speaks harshly to the characters as he is determined to find out how Eva died. When speaking to the other characters especially the one he is talking to, he knows if he or she is partly responsible for Eva’s death. This giving an essence to the characters of how serious this is. The inspector is often harsh for example “yes but you cant it’s to late she’s dead”.At one point he says “If you’re easy with me I’m easy with you”. This meaning you can answer his questions easily and things will go fine, or if not there will be consequences.
This can be proven, as Sheila answered all her questions easily and everything went fine for her. The inspector’s tone towards the family shows that he’s good at what he does and his final results show that he gets the job done. The next victim for the inspector is Sheila, Mr Birling’s daughter. Her entrance to the scene immediately grabs the inspector’s attention.
His vague knowledge of knowing she’s involved inspires him to know precisely what happened.Its here the inspector symbolizes her conscience; Sheila unlike her father was willing to answer the questions and tell the truth. When the inspector begins to mention milwards, a place Sheila travels too often she starts think what milwards has got to do with this. The inspector then gives Sheila clues to how she was connected to death of Eva. Sheila than realises and admits to her tragic outrageous actions “I went to the manager at milwards and I told him that if they didn’t get rid of that girl, I’d never go near that place again and ill ask mother to close there account with them”, the girl being Eva Smith.
This gives the audience an essence of what Sheila can really be like, how jealous and antagonistic she can be. The inspectors knowledge is
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