An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly The Inspector is a critical part of J.B. Priestly Â“An Inspector CallsÂ”. He is a catalyst in a concoction of Edwardian lies and deceit. The InspectorÂ’s role in the play is to make the other characters realise how people are responsible for how they affect the lives of others. Priestly thought that if we are more aware of responsibility, the world should learn from their mistakes and develop into a place where every can be treated fairly. The Inspector states that everyone is, Â“Â…intertwined with our livesÂ…Â” (p. 56).
By this the Inspector is totally unfazed and replies dryly, "I don't play... ... middle of paper ... ... will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish." This final speech made by Inspector Goole, enforces my belief that the Inspector is J.B.Priestley's "mouthpiece" for his social views and beliefs. In agreement with the theatre critic, I think that "Priestley's play is unusual in that a character, the Inspector, could be said to direct the action of the play." This is a valid comment. Priestley has created a dramatically successful, controlling character and makes use of dramatic irony to enable the Inspector to voice his own personal views effectively.
The inspector transfers Priestley’s views and he shows the difference in social classes at the time. A gap which he wants to diminish. He illustrates the reason for this in the play, via the inspector, where he outlines the ways each of the Birlings have influenced someone from a completely different background and social class. This is the way Priestley viewed pre-war England. Continuing from The Inspector showing Birling the error of his ways, The Inspector is the one and only person who makes things happen and keeps his and the overall story moving.
In order to effectively display a certain discontent with society, an author must have the ability to illustrate the specific flaws that exist within that mainstream society. In What the Butler Saw, Joe Orton does an excellent job in illustrating how abuse of authority can have a subversive effect on an individual’s personality. Throughout the play, Orton uses authority as a tool to illustrate how it has the ability to alter a patient’s personality and provoke madness through psychiatric practice. Regarding Sam Shepard’s True West, Shepard is able to illustrate the exchange of personality traits between two brothers. Comparatively, it is evident that both authors effectively display their discontent with mainstream society.
However post war audiences would appreciate Priestley’s divination of a lesson, ‘they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish’. Overall, the message that priestly is trying to convey is that we all should take responsibility for our actions and consider the consequences that might have for other members of society. Priestley is also trying to say that we shouldn’t keep things secret because our conscience could unravel them. Though he is successful in changing the younger generation, but cannot change the older generation. The play ends with suspense, as the family have to face the consequences of not learning their mistakes, which priestly wants to ‘tell’ us.
Polonius is a man that confuses most, but intrigues all. For the beginning of the play he is the readers guide, and helps to inform the reader of all that is happening within the lives of the main characters. He was not meant to be a main character, but any character that is put in the position of an informant, instantly becomes a main character. To be an informant, is to be one who shines a new light on the situation at hand, and that fills in information where information is needed. Polonius is a character in the play for just long enough to give the reader a good start with what is going on.
Throughout the play, Inspector Goole lives up to the expectations as an attention grabbing and ghoulish character capable of knowing things before characters. He has a tough personality and introduces a key theme in the play, which carries out what the author intended for the characters and the audience to confront. I shall explore Inspector Goole’s role within the play and see how it contrasts to his character, themes of play, dramatic effects and the author’s intentions. The Inspector’s “calling” is pretty ominous. The word “calls” sounds so casual; as if the Inspector is just dropping in for an informal chat and a cup of tea.
England had huge social divisions, based largely on wealth and income. Priestley replicates this scenario when first describing t... ... middle of paper ... ...outside of his safe world, inside of the house, to answer it. This signifies that he cannot escape reality and must face up to his actions. Finally, in order to show the that morals and meanings of the play are still relevant for a modern day audience, in Daldry’s production, the house lights are switched on for the Inspector’s speech and the core message of the play he has to deliver. Even though you may be watching how the Birlings have misbehaved, this is a reminder to the audience that no one should behave as they did and always face up to their responsibilities, which is the message Priestley wanted to convey in his play of “An Inspector Calls”.
An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley The inspector wants to show and teach the Birlings that they are responsible for how they affect the lives of others (Eva Smith). The inspector tries to make the family clear that each uncaring behaviour can produce serious consequences. While the children Sheila and Erik notice and then admit their heartless acting, their parents just see their legal innocence and do not accept any moral guilt. J.B Priestley's main concerns about the class divide were how the middle class treated the working class. Priestley is trying to show that the upper classes are unaware that the easy lives they lead rest upon hard work of the lower classes.
Also to show how people will respond in different ways to a challenge at hand. An Inspector Calls is written in style of a “Morality Play”. John Boynton Priestley’s aim of writing this play was to pass on an important message about life and our responsibilities in the society, to the audience and the characters in this play. The characters in An Inspector Calls were faced with their secret guilts. Mr Billing’s fault is he sacked Eva Smith from work due to the