‘Inspector Goole merely functions as a mouthpiece for Priestley's ideas.’ What do you think is the Inspector's function in the play and how does Priestley present him?
‘An Inspector Calls’ written by J.B Priestly is a play with hidden political morals within it. As Priestly believes in Socialism (treating everybody fairly and equally) he uses the Inspector to convey his ideas to the audience to try and encourage them to see his way of thinking by using a family that is Capitalist (that believe in an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit) to show them what the consequences of their actions will be if they continue in such a manner that they do during the play. Priestly uses the Inspector as a mouthpiece straight away, even before the Inspector’s official entrance into the play. Whilst Mr Birling is voicing his Capitalist views to Eric and Gerald, he is cut off as ‘[We hear a sharp ring of a front door bell…’] which cuts through Birling’s speech and shows a positive impact of the presence of the inspector from the start. Once the Inspector officially enters the scene, he is described as a man that ‘...creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness.’ This continues consistently throughout the play whilst he delivers his speeches and through the processes of interrogation within the members of the Birling family. The Inspector remains calm and tactful whilst the rest of the Birling family crumble and fall apart due to the relevant and concise questions he asks. His ‘solidity’ is shown constantly throughout the play as he remains on task despite the fact that others are trying to distract the Inspector from making key points and to put him off task. This is seen when Birling asks the Inspector ‘Have a glass of port- or a little whisky?’ which shows that Birling is trying to be have a light and colloquial conversation with the Inspector. However, the Inspector then...
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