The Role Of Inspector Goole In In An Inspector Calls By J.B. Priestly

752 words - 3 pages

The Role of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls

Examine the role of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls & study
the impact his role has on the rest of the characters in the play.

Inspector Goole is the most important character in the play ‘An
Inspector Calls’ because he is the catalyst for the events that take
place in the play. Priestley’s intensions were to reveal to his
audience the social state of England in 1945. He felt that little had
changed since the turn of the century. Preistley was a socialist and
he very strongly believed that everyone should be equal. In this play
Preistley shows to the audience that at this time it was Socialist vs
Capitalist, and that everyone was separated in to social classes.
These were working class, middle class and upper class. In the play
there is a character to fit into each one of these classes:

Daisy Renton / Eva Smith – Lower class

Mr Birling, Eric and Sheila – Middle Class

Mrs Birling and Eric – Upper class

In the play I think that Inspector Goole is Priestley’s social
conscience. The play was written after World War 1 but was actually
set at the turn of the century (in 1912). Mr Birling thinks that he
knows everything but infact what he says is a load of rubbish, such
as:

'"The Titanic....unsikable,

absolutely unsinkable"'

where it sunk on its first journey. He also says there is no chance of
a war happeining, but a few years later he is again proven wrong. Mr
Birling is a very shallow man.

The physical description of Inspector Goole is very unique and reveals
a lot about his character. The Inspector ‘creates an impression of
massiveness’ and this would be intimidating for the family. Priestly
describes him as having ‘solidity’ and ‘purposefulness’. The reason
Priestly describes Inspector Goole in this way is because this shows
us that he is a very powerful character, even more so than the
Birlings and the Crofts. Even though these 2 families are very
powerful people themselves. The Inspector treats them equal as anyone
else where as most people do, he doesn't treat them with a great deal
of respect. He says to Mr Birling '"Puplic men, Mr Birling, have
responsibilities as well as privilages."' I believe that he is talking
to Mr Birling as if he was a child when saying that to...

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