The Function of the Inspector in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls
J.B Priestly was a British journalist, novelist, playwright and essayist. He was born in 1894 in Bradford and died in 1984. The play "An Inspector Calls" is about a family who, each member without knowing, have participated in a young girl's suicide. Inspector Goole makes every member of the family realise that they have played a part in killing the girl.
At the beginning of the play the Birlings and Gerald Croft are having an engagement celebration dinner in the evening. The Inspector calls round half way through the dinner to inform them of the suicide and ask them a few questions.
The audience expects quite an exciting …show more content…
"The Inspector entersâ€¦before actually speaking"
The other characters, when they first meet him, think that he is very rude and arrogant. Mr Birling becomes quite angry with the fact that the Inspector has just walked in and demanded to speak with him and his family. Being a man of high importance he does not expect that. Mr Birling tries to stay in control of the situation and tries to scare the Inspector by telling him about how powerful he is. Straight away this shows that he feels threatened by the inspector. This causes dramatic tension between both of them that carries on throughout the play. This tells us that both of their characters are quite dominant and that they like to stay in control:
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