The Inspector

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  • The Inspector
    • “cutting through, massively” (p.g.12)
      • Doesn’t care for social expectations
      • Doesn’t care for social hierarchy
        • Believes social statuses based on wealth are unimportant
          • Conveys Priestley’s socialist point of view
      • Taking control of conversation
    • “A chain of events” (p.g.14)
      • Introducing the idea that each one of them contributed to her death even if they cannot understand how
      • Socialist idea that everyone should help each other in order to prevent the events from reoccurring
    • “it’s better to ask for the earth than to take it” (p.g.15)
      • Capitalism is the rich taking from the poor who are expected not to argue back, when they do they are punished
        • Abuse of power
        • “It isn’t (a free country) if you can’t go and work somewhere else” (Eric; p.g.15)
          • Inspector brings out the generation gap
            • too late for the older  characters
              • stuck in a rigid capitalist society
            • Young characters in the story would be around the general age  the audience were in 1912
              • reminder of what they once thought before they got older / what their parents used to think and how wrong they were
                • "the Titanic ... unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable" (p.g.7)
                  • Use of dramatic irony to emphasise
                    • "In 1940 ... you'll ... have forgotten all these ... silly little war scares" (p.g.7)
                • "In 1940 ... you'll ... have forgotten all these ... silly little war scares" (p.g.7)
                • Doesn’t want them to make the same mistakes as their parents
                  • I.e. capitalism
          • Message for the audience
            • reminder of what they once thought before they got older / what their parents used to think and how wrong they were
              • "the Titanic ... unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable" (p.g.7)
                • Use of dramatic irony to emphasise
                • Doesn’t want them to make the same mistakes as their parents
                  • I.e. capitalism
      • “Goole. G. double O-L-E.” (p.g.16)
        • Synonym for ghoul
          • A ghost from the future (a bit like ‘the ghost of Christmas yet to come’ from a Christmas carol)
            • Trying to get them to act differently for next time
      • Controls entrances and exits from the stage
        • “If he turns in…”
          • Ridiculing birling
            • Defying social hierarchy
          • Brings humour
        • Strategically enters and exits for dramatic effect
          • When Sheila and Gerald argue
      • “A plain darkish suit of the period” (p.g.11)
        • “the period”
          • 1946 NOT 1912
            • Indicates that the inspector has some foreknowledge of what is about to occur
              • Omniscient (all-seeing/all-knowing)
              •  After WW2 to convey how the world has changed and how beliefs should change with it
    • Politics
    • Quotations
    • Foreshadowing

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