After the Inspector interrogated each member in the household, the play reaches a climax in Act 3 when Inspector Goole presents his pragmatic speech and "walks straight out, leaving them staring, subdued and wondering." This climax of the play emphasises on J.B Priestly's socialist views as the tension in the scene bolsters
Mr.Birling is suddenly interrupted when Inspector Goole arrives to interrogate the Birlings about the suicide of a working-class women called Eva Smith; whose death was led by a series of events. The Birling’s are consumed with lies, lack of responsibility and the certain manipulation /powerfulness of the Inspector. The Inspector is used by J.B Priestley to communicate that our actions affect each other, and throughout this play Priestley portrays the Inspector’s character as dominant and superior: “Because what happened to her then may have determined what happened to her afterwards, and what happened to her afterwards may have driven her to suicide. A chain of events” pg 14. In this quote the Inspector uses repetitive language to get his point across, and Priestley makes the Inspector seem wise and humble, due to the fact that the Inspector is practically the only person in that room that knows that everyone affected Eva Smith in their own way, and he is not pointing the finger at anyone, because he knows that will cause more chaos.
The mood is light and fun, until Inspector walks in and informs the family that there has been a suicide of a young woman (Eva Smith), and they may be involved. Inspector Goole is a very complex character. The way he speaks makes readers believe that there is a lot about the Inspector that we do not know; this adds to the theme of mystery. Also through a lot of remarks and comments the Inspector makes, the theme of Social Responsibility is conveyed. The timing of the Inspector’s uninvited entrance is extremely significant.“We hear the sharp ring of a front door bell.
The Inspector’s dismissal of Birling’s relationship with the Chief Inspector “I don’t play golf” shows his refusal to be intimidated by status, hence encouraging the audience to weaken the influence of social hierarchy. Moreover, the Inspector’s presentation as omniscient, via the use of dramatic irony and foreshadowing, makes Birling seem short-sighted. Birling’s belief that the Titanic was “absolutely unsinkable”, when the audience knows better, depicts the blindness of the upper class, their idealism and lack of awareness for what is going on, which leads to them acting in a sense of authority they don’t deserve. The inspector’s entrance and disruption of Birling’s speech about social responsibility to Eric and Gerald is significant as it reveals Birling’s hypocrisy as he refuses to accept his inherent social responsibility. This leads the audience to trust the Inspector’s perspective, as a communicator of positive, socialist change.
In the famous play ‘An Inspector Calls’, by J.B. Priestley, the Inspector known as ‘Inspector Goole’ seems to have quite a large and interesting role. The themes of the play are: Tragedy, drama and partly mystery as well, because the identity and character of the Inspector aren’t quite clear. He could indeed be a police inspector, he could be a hoaxer, or he might even be something else. This leaves the question: Who is inspector Goole and what is his role in the play ‘An Inspector Calls’? The point in the play, in which the Inspector comes into play, is when he enters the room where all the Birlings and Gerald are seated.
'An Inspector Calls ' written by J.B. Priestley in 1945, revolves around an investigation into a working-class girl who committed suicide due to the Capitalist nature of society. In this play Priestley uses each character to represent an important message to deliver to the audience, mostly about the theme of responsibility. Priestley uses the young Sheila Birling, a carefree lady, to drive the play forward. Her importance shows the audience the need for a social change where gender equality is concerned and it highlights differences in attitude among the generations. In addition, it seems that Sheila becomes a 'Second Inspector ' towards the end of the play in order to reinforce Priestley 's message.
People also wanted change and were getting sick of capitalist ways and Priestley wanted to make the most of these changes and put them to use in his play. ‘An Inspector Calls’ is a crime thriller play; however, the play structure fits into
In ‘An Inspector Calls’ responsibility assumes an essential position throughout the play, creating the narrative itself, and continuing to progress it as the play develops. It acts as both a plot device as well as a compliment to Priestley 's beliefs. From the very beginning, Mr. Birling’s absence of responsibility kickstarted the forlorn situation of Eva Smith’s and her subsequent death. Arthur 's dismissal of his accountability towards her and his workers is demonstrated even before the Inspector even begins to talk in depth about the incident, with Arthur calling himself a " hard-headed businessman" that " looks after his own self". This depicts Mr. Birling as being a member of the capitalist, industrialist 'bourgeoisie ' class, which immediately paints him in a very negative light from the perspective of a 1946 post-WWII audience.
In the morality play ‘An Inspector calls’ by J.B Priestley written in 1945 but set in 1912, the character portrayed by Sheila Birling represents the upper middle class through her family’s position in social ladder however she also represents the youth in civilization and how they are influenced by their parents. Sheila’s character could be described as a pause from the dynamics of the older generations. As the play progresses her character develops in maturity as well as confidence, perceptiveness and has become enlightened by the Inspectors visit. We uncover a new side to Sheila during the inspectors visit, we learn that she is the most sympathetic and conscientious in the Birling family, showing more empathy for the suicide of Eva Smith than the other family members. The central theme of the play is responsibility, and Priestley gives Sheila a significant role in making her family realise that they are all responsible.
In An Inspector Calls, J B Priestley highlights social inequality of class and gender prevalent in 1912 pre World war one Britain. At the centre of the play are the Birlings, an upper middle class family ambitious to improve their social status, with a possible involvement in the suicide of a desperate working class girl, Eva Smith. Actions, emotions, tones and the setting are used to convey the prominent social inequality resulting from the capitalistic economic and political system. Priestley encourages a creates disapproval towards of the relationship between his social inequality and society in order to convey his socialist views on how the upper classes should be responsible for those other than themselves. Priestley creates dislikeable characters such as the staunch capitalist Mr Birling in order to convey the contemptible attitude of the upper class towards society, particularly the working class.