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).
In ‘An Inspector Calls’ J.B Priestley purposely embeds various messages in the text to voice his thoughts and concerns on the era. ‘An Inspector Calls’ is a play frequently described as a murder mystery, but underneath lies a strong political message. J.B Priestley uses numerous dramatic devices to attack the social mores of his time, such as the use of hindsight to show mankind’s mistake’s such as the wars and the sinking of the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic- a morality tale. The play is also used as a platform to preach Priestley’s socialist agenda. With the upcoming political election of 1945, J.B Priestley decided to write a play in an attempt to persuade people to vote for the socialist party.
An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestley "Priestley's play is unusual in that a character, the Inspector, could be said to direct the action of the play." This is a comment made by a theatre critic about the play "An Inspector Calls", and the character, Inspector Goole. By studying the play, I find that I can justify myself in agreeing with the critic's statement; that the Inspector does direct and control the action of the play. I am aware of how Priestley has incorporated various strategies and techniques of control into the character of the Inspector, which are use continuously throughout the play. Also, of Priestley's use of dramatic irony to cause reactions in the audience and to create certain feelings towards each character within the play.
The characters contrast in the way they react to their father’s deaths. Hamlet in his delay of action he says “That I, the son of a dear father murdered, / Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, / Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with... ... middle of paper ... ...s to juxtapose their differences and by doing so highlighting the merits, of all viewpoints and laying them out for the reader to absorb and adapt to themselves. The themes during the course of the text are inspirational as they help us question humanity and actions that are believed to be mundane and they lead one to reexamine their lives. The rich allusions throughout the play entertain the reader and draw in additional material effectively deepening the text and adding layers. Hamlet should be studied for the reason that it betters the reader as a person.
What is the role and function of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls? An Inspector Calls is a play with lots of political messages as well as social messages. J. B. Priestley believed in socialism and he used large amounts of his plays to try and convince people to his way of thinking. It was written in a time when Britain was ruled by a Labour government and socialist policies were seen to be a good way to go.
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.
Marlowe portrays Faustus’ ambition as dangerous; it was the cause of his demise. Perhaps Marlowe used the theme of over-ambition as a warning to the audience, who would be likely to be wary of ambition - it was looked down on as a negative personality trait in Christian England (Calvinism) (Munteanu, Class notes). An on going theme within the story is the corruption of a soul which is played out through the use of religious beliefs. Specifically, the use of the seven deadly sins is a precursor to man kinds self inflicted death. Marlowe uses sin, redemption and damnation to get his point across to the audience.
The Inspector is a dramatic device used by Priestly to convey his message across his audience. He was a socialist and strongly believed in community so as the Inspector teaches the characters about communism, he wants the audience to think of it and teach the audience about community. He wants the audience to criticise the Birling family. He takes them back to 1912 as he wanted his mainly middle class audience to consider the mistakes they have done in the... ... middle of paper ... ... is not a real police Inspector. They think that he is hoax.
Throughout the play he demonstrates how people are responsible for how they affect the lives of others; his views are summed up in his visionary and dramatic final speech: that 'we are members of one body. We are responsible for each other' (p.56). Responsibility is one of the play's two key themes, and the Inspector is Priestley's vehicle for putting across his own views of this as a socialist. In this final speec... ... middle of paper ... ...led as both an alcoholic and a thief. After the Inspector has gone, Birling simply wants things to return to the way they were.
Priestley’s intention is to make the capitalists look stupid and make the audience support Priestley’s socialist ideas. Birling’s views throughout the play continually oppose the inspector’s and so Priestley deliberately makes the play attack Mr. Birling, ironically in their own little war. Similarly, Birling feels little temporary remorse for what he has done to Eva as he feels a crime is only a scandal if others hear about it. Priestley’s presentation is quick in believing the idea that Goole wasn’t a real inspector “if he wasn’t it matters a devil of a lot”