An Inspector Calls Analysis

1152 Words5 Pages
The protagonist of ‘An Inspector Calls’ is the Inspector who is presented as being very distinctive and remarkable. He 's full of fantastic qualities and possesses skills far beyond reach of most if not all human beings. John Boynton Priestley, the author of the play has presented him in various ways. The Inspector carries himself as a mysterious character; so that the reader finds it challenging to analyse his persona only from one perspective. There have been various interpretations such as “Who really is the Inspector” or “What does he truly represent?” Believe it or not, there is no right or wrong answer! The Inspector’s character can be broken down and elaborated in numerous ways using different techniques. Most of…show more content…
He seems to know and understand an extraordinary amount. He knows every detail of Eva Smiths past and how the Birlings were involved in each stage of her life. He also seems to predict the future as he knew how and when Eva was going to die. In the play, he appears in the Birling household and explains Eva’s death. The Inspector could be presented using two theories. Ouspensky 's theory and Dunne’s theory. Ouspensky’s theory suggests the Inspector might be God or at least a representation of it. He disrupts their egotistical and insensitive lives to bring them on the right track and stop them from making more mistakes in the future. The Inspector states “...if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish.” He may be talking about the day of judgement and warning them to stop sinning. Priestly expresses another reason for not being selfish as all religions forbid it. At that period of time, many people believed in God as many still do and whether he believed in God or not, he made it a reason for caring about your neighbour. Secondly, is the Dunne’s theory which suggests one could achieve a mysterious power of seeing forward in time as well as looking back. In other words, clairvoyance. This could be a gift the Inspector already possessed and the Birlings were granted to make the future more peaceful and prevent others from having…show more content…
He 's passionate about bringing change in the society, inform of equality and erasing suppression from the rich and powerful. This however is done in a very mysterious fashion with loads of twists and turns. We know nothing about the Inspector by the end of the play apart from his ideas of a fair and equal society void of injustice of any
Open Document