An Inspector Calls How Does Priestley Present the Inspector

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B Priestley uses a number of different methods to present the Inspector into the play, from the language he uses, including stage directions and his way of speaking and behavior, his name, Inspector Goole, and his political views and beliefs. These varied ways of presenting the Inspector to the audience and the other characters in the play help us to understand the play. The Inspector is presented as quite rude and very intimidating in the play. J.B Priestley does this through his gestures and the things he says. For example, when the Inspector asks Mr Birling, 'Why?' as to why Mr Birling had refused Eva Smith a raise in wage, Mr Birling is completely shocked at being questioned this and says 'Did you say Why?’' This shows that the Inspector is not prepared to wait around for basic answers, he is determined to get the truth by any means possible. The Inspector also interrogates the characters in a particularly harsh and rude manner. He pressures them until they finally break and confess the truth. He tries to make them feel guilty by continuously trying to make them see their errors and how they have been forgetting socialism, making them seem selfish and obnoxious. He uses a lot of rhetorical questions to make the characters think about what they have done and probe at the truth. Another way the Inspector is presented is the way Priestley makes him seem so mysterious. At the end of the play, the audience are left not knowing exactly what or who the Inspector was. The Inspector turns up unexpectedly at the beginning of the play and interrupts the Birling family. Mr Birling even mentions he has not heard of any 'Inspector Goole' before but says no more of it. The Inspector then proceeds to link all the family to one girl, Eva Smith, having a particular effect on Eric and Sheila who are made to feel very guilty and extremely responsible. Near the end of the

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