Discuss the function of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls Essay

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Discuss the function of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls

John Boynton Priestly in 1945 wrote the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ but set it in 1912. This time difference creates a sense of dramatic irony as the play was written after it was set. The audience would be aware of the events which had taken place between 1912 and 1945, including world war one and two which they would no doubt have experience first hand. ‘An Inspector Calls’ was first performed in Russia, Moscow. This is significant because of the Russian Revolution, which was a system of collective social responsibility where the sate owned everything and used the wealth to look after its citizens. As England was left destroyed due to the world war, therefore there
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J.B Priestly also uses the inspector to create mystery and makes the story confusing at times. Furthermore, Priestly uses the inspector as a dramatic and structural device to affect the audience and help move the play along.

The inspector makes us aware of social divide as well as gender divide through out the play. At first men have more power over the women.
However, as the play goes on the inspector changes all this, we start to see that the women begin to speak back to the men. An example of this is when Gerald speaks out to Sheila “no, no I didn’t mean it”

J.B Priestley uses dramatic techniques to create tension in the play.
A good example of this is during Birling's speech he says the Titanic is, "absolutely unsinkable”. Also in the stage directions, it says that it is a "sharp ring" and which makes Birling stop to listen. This shows that at the stage there must be some importance because it actually stops Birling talking, which creates even more tension.

Just from hearing the term ‘Inspector’, we instantly know that this person is out to find the underlying cause of the truth. J.B priestly has cleverly used the name of inspector ‘goole’ for the inspector, because from “goole” sounds like “ghoul” which is a spirit in Arabic mythology, which preys on corpses (dead bodies). This applies mystery to the inspector’s character and makes him sound creepy. We are aware of this in the stage directions, “he creates at once an impression of

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