Inspector Goole Essay

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What do you think is the importance of Inspector Goole and how does Priestley present him? An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley is a play with lots of political messages. Priestley believed in socialism and it is clear to the audience that he used 'An Inspector Calls' to try and convince people to his way of thinking. It was written in a time when a Labour government ruled Britain and socialist policies were starting to be seen by many and used in society. However, it is set in a time where this was the opposite. The main device Priestley uses to convey his socialist ideas is the character of the Inspector where he wanted The Birlings to listen to his views. In `An Inspector Calls', Inspector Goole is clearly the most important character as not only does he present the audience with Priestley's views on society, he breaks the news of a young girl committing suicide and he also provides the link between the different characters' involvements with the late Eva Smith. Throughout the play, it is the Inspector who has the power to focus all attention on any one of the other characters at any time. Priestley starts to use the inspector as a 'mouthpiece' straight from his introduction as he is commanding and authoritative. As the inspector enters he creates ‘ once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness,’ this impression continues as he progresses through his speeches and through his interrogation of the family. The Inspector remains confident, calm and composed, while people around him fall to pieces. His ‘solidity’ is proven by the fact he remains on task despite the attempts of others, such as Birling to detract from the points he is making. The Inspector is told to appear ‘purposeful’ in the stage directions. This is shown where he explains to Birling that his way of thinking ‘Every man must only look out for himself,’ is not the case, and
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