The Inspector

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  • The Inspector
    • What does the inspector do?
      • He establishes a link between every single family member and Eva/Daisy.
        • He proves they all did something unkind to her, wanting to kill herself- catalyst.
      • The inspector takes control of the situation, despite social differences. Ignore traditionalist/ capitalist views.
      • He leaves after a speech about social justice.
        • Gives a second chance to the characters and audience.
      • Gives the Birling's a second chance- not too late to resolve mistakes.
        • Makes the audience examine their consciences.
    • Who is the inspector?
      • He introduces himself as Inspector Goole.
      • A symbol of socialism, brings light to the family 'pink and intimate... brighter and harder'.
      • A police inspector who came to ask the Birling family about Eva's death.
    • Additional Notes
      • Priestly doesn't want society to revert back to 1912, highlights we must take responsibility.
      • Priestly left the character ambiguous to add tension and affect the audience.
        • Omniscient character: knows all that the family has a secret.
      • Used to resent correct morals that everyone should hold, regardless of class.
    • Key Quotes
      • 'We hear a sharp ring of the doorbell'- authority is established before he enters, dominant.
        • Man of 'massiveness,solidity and purposefulness'- imposing figure.
          • 'One person and one line of enquiry at a time'- controlling, one line of enquiry at a time.
            • 'Burnt her inside out'- emotionally unattached, unfeeling, professional.
        • 'Do you remember her, Mr Birling?'- omniscient, not looking for answers buy for acceptance.
          • 'And why did you do that?'- makes it seem blatant the family is to blame from simple one syllable words.
            • The final speech is very important as it provides Priestly's message to the audience. 'There are millions and millions of Eva Smith's and John Smith's'.
              • 'their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness'
              • The time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish'- fire, blood and anguish refers to the world wars.


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