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A Critical Evaluation Of An Inspector Calls

1166 words - 5 pages

An Inspector Calls Critical Evaluation - The main goal of this essay is to
write about the role of Inspector Goole in the play. Other details will
also going into consideration.

An Inspector Calls Critical Evaluation

The main goal of this essay is to write about the role of Inspector
Goole in the play. Other details will also going into consideration.

An Inspector Calls is a play wrote by J.B Priestly. The first scene
shows a dining room of a large Edwardian house. The furniture and the
people around the large dining table shows us that these are wealthy
and probably people of high stature. The people around the table
consist of Arthur Birling (the father), Sybil Birling (the mother),
Sheila Birling (the daughter), Eric Birling (the son) and Gerald Croft
(whom has just become engaged to Sheila Birling). After they have
finished dinner they settle down and start drinking port. Then Arthur
Birling makes a speech towards Sheila and Gerald's engagement, to the
family. Already, we are having ideas about how the Birlings and Gerald
Croft are quite smug and self-centred in the way the act. Then the
doorbell rings when Arthur is making his speech. He continues with his
speech, and just before the maid announces that a police inspector has
called, Arthur makes a comment that goes right to the heart of the
play. He says, "But the way some of these cranks talk and write now,
you'd think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were
all mixed up together like bees in a hive - community and all that
nonsense." This statement will soon challenge Birling's position when
the story unfolds and proves him wrong.

After Edna (the maid) has announced the arrival of Inspector Goole,
Birling says "Show him in. Give us some more light." At the beginning
of Act One, Priestly says that the lighting should be pink and
intimate until the Inspector arrives, and then it should be brighter
and harder. The change in the lighting indicates one thing. It signals
a change in the mood of the play. With the arrival of the Inspector a
note of tension and menace is introduced. Priestley has cleverly
created a sense of false security that lulls the audience into
expecting the smugness and complacency of Birling and his world to be
challenged. If we look at Priestley's stage directions on the entrance
of Inspector Goole it shows us that this person is going to be an
interesting and important character in the play. The parts of the
stage directions that shows this are: "size: not necessarily big but
giving the impression of strength and determination" and, "manner:
looks hard at the person he is talking to - this can be
"disconcerting" for the person addressed - off putting, alarming" This
also shows that the Inspector has good interigational qualities, which
lead to the question "why would he need them with the Birlings and
Gerald Croft?"

When Birling asks what the Inspector wants, he replies by saying that
he'd like...

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