Inspector Goole’s plays a various amount of roles throughout the novel such as being a socialist as in others words is looking for them, a fraud as we discover he isn’t an inspector, a ghost as we discover he isn’t real and in some ways brings a sort of split in the Birling family as everyone has lost trust in one another. The following paragraph that is going to be established involves a comparison of an actual inspector contrasting with inspector Goole. This is an essential point as it helps us analyse on, how this inspector manages to make the Birling family confess about the knowing of the women who had committed suicide, Eva smith. However, if it was an ordinary inspector it could have been a different story. In other words, priestly does this to show a comparison of a fraud of an inspector in the 19th century and one who’s in the 21st century, where there is more crime and corruption.
Goole is different towards an original inspector firstly; because he is more social towards them i.e. isn’t strict and has a calm approach towards him. As well as being social, he still can’t prevent arguments which commence between certain members of the families. He also isn’t very strict and is quite persuasive as well as changing the situations of characters significantly. An example of when this commences is when the inspector manages to convince Sheila that Eva smiths death wasn’t entirely her fault. We discover that she is convinced as she agrees with his opinion. “Yes. That’s true.” This shows that she has been convinced about the statement of the inspector however, as soon as she states her opinion, she becomes suspicious of the inspector as she stares towards him very closely due to the fact on what he stated, this then leads the situation to gradually change as Sheila has now partly lost trust in him. The inspector previously states that “we’ll have to share our guilt” which is unusual for an actual inspector to state that phrase. This is one of the sorts of phrases priestly has used in order to establish the fact that he has managed to gain their attention.
The impact of the inspector is immense as he manages to change the situation rapidly particularly the ones for the characters. An example would be that at first Birling is arrogant and over confident however, after when the inspector has settled in, he begins to justify himself as well as him being quiet. This is because he’s afraid due to the fact that the inspector has learned to massively take charge in certain situations like these. “He must wait his turn.” The is one of the parts of the novel when the inspector cuts in through other speeches which establishes his true status of authority over them.
Following from the previous point, as he’s convinced, manipulated and taken massive charge over the characters in the novel, he also manages to surprisingly make the interrogated characters reveal what the inspector already knows about them, particularly towards Mrs Birling as he...