The Main Themes and Role of Inspector Goole in Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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Inspector Goole is the prominent character in the play. This is even indicated before the audience is even introduced to him. The name ‘Goole’ sounds to the audience like ‘ghoul’ which seems to suggest a certain supernatural element to his character, you can see the contrast with this name with the other characters in the play who all have names like ‘Sheila’ and ‘Eric’ which are names which could be attributed to countless number of people at the time. Priestly uses a pun so that he can make the inspector’s personality sound more dramatic. The author chose to do this to inform the audience subconsciously that Inspector Goole is significant in the development of the play. Throughout the play Inspector Goole lives up to the expectations as …show more content…
However, it is quite the opposite. “Calls” is quite a deceptive word to use about the Inspector. The way he operates is quite casual and spontaneous, but in fact it’s focused and manipulative. The stage directions tell us that he “need not be a big man” but he must create “an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness”. He is in his fifties and dressed in a “plain darkish suit of the period”. He doesn’t seem particularly menacing. However, he has a strange effect on people. His personality doesn’t really fit with his role as an inspector. He can cut into a dialogue with “authority”, as he does when he tells Birling that Eric can wait his turn. He speaks “firmly” when he contradicts Birling and allows Eric to have another drink. These stage directions show he has not the type of Inspector we think he is. Priestly uses his name (Goole) to create drama. He uses a pun, “Goole” which sounds to the audience like “Ghoul”. He uses this pun to create drama. The Inspector displays a paranormal element to his character. He intimidates characters to tell the truth and if he doesn’t get the desired result he answers it himself. He knows information that the characters do not tell him. He doesn’t follow etiquette and treats everyone equally. He interrupts repeats and pauses in ways which were not the custom in middle class Georgian England. He is like the voice

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