Discuss the presentation of inspector Goole in the Play from Inspector Calls

Topics: Omniscience, Inspector, Omnipotence Pages: 2 (441 words) Published: February 21, 2014
'Discuss the presentation of inspector Goole in the play'

The inspector in inspector calls is a very supernatural character, how he appears in the play and how he leaves.
The inspector says “And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish, Goodnight.” These last words from the inspector are the antithesis of what Mr Birling said, Mr Birling says “Every man for himself”, and the inspector says the complete opposite 'we are responsible for each other.'

The inspector is very uncanny. This means strange but familiar. He is systematic to how he goes round the whole of the Birling family. He is omnipotent (All Knowing) because he tricks the whole of the Birling family into thinking that the inspector know everything about this Eva Smith and what the family did, it might not be the same girl.

The word Goole which is the inspectors name, sounds and looks like the word Ghoul which means ghost. This shows the mysterious side of the inspector.
The inspector is omniscient which means all-knowing. He is omniscient because he know everything about this situation. Even though a normal inspector would not have this information.
The inspector could even be a relative of Eva Smith. Mr Birling says “There's no inspector Goole on the police force, that man definitely wasn't a police inspector at all.” After Mr Birling calls up the police and asks about this 'inspector Goole'. They have no record of him, and because Mr Birling is an extremely selfish person and because of this he does not care that he fired Eva Smith and on top of that because the inspector was a fake, he thinks that everything else was not true so he is perfectly happy to go back to normal.

J.B Priestly has purposely made Gerald Mr and Mrs Birling feel no guilt even after all that happened, and all the bad things they did.
Priestly is trying to show the new era. Out with the old in with the new....
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