‘What Do You Think Is the Importance of Inspector Goole and How Does Priestley Present Him?’

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An Inspector Calls
‘What do you think is the importance of inspector Goole and how does Priestley present him?’

J.B Priestly employs a various methods to present the inspector as well as showing his importance such as stage directions and from the language he uses. These methods allow us to understand and relate to the moral messages put across in the play. The inspector right from the moment he is introduced is commanding of the situation and already has that authority he displays later on in the play. “at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness”. As the play progresses the inspector continues to make this impression on the family by his interrogations and speeches. The inspector does this by keeping composed and confident even in the toughest situations while the people around him fail to stop themselves from keeping to their false stories. His ‘solidity’ is proven when the inspector keeps to the task even though he is under constant fire from Mr Birling and Gerald and his ‘purposefulness’ is proven when he explains turn by turn to the Birling family that their way of thinking ‘Every man must only look out for himself’ and that “we are all responsible for each other”. The inspector’s final speech best represents this where the inspector says “We don’t live alone; we are members of one body. We are responsible for each other”. The idea of social unity is one Priestley believed in and many other lines from the inspector show this theme. The time of Priestley writing the play helps us to understand the meaning and feelings expressed by Priestley expressed in the play. The inspector is almost a mouth piece for Priestley and he shows the difference in social classes at the time, something which Priestley wanted to get rid of. The Inspector is one the most important characters of the play because he represents what is good and right and his thoughts are that which Priestley thought everyone should possess and so Priestley directs a...
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