AIC Character Analysis

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Inspector Goole

  • Mouthpiece for Priestley's socialist views
  • Name is a homophone for the word 'goul' which alludes that he has omnipotent powers
  • Despite claiming to work for the police force he shows little corcern for the law, but more concern for the characters moral injustice
  • Arrival interupts Mr birling's capitalist speech to Gerald and erics suggesting that he is interupting the future generations from supporting capitalism 
  • He interviews each character infornt of one another to make each other see their wrong doing, whereas an actual police officer would interview their suspects alone
  • He is omniscient (all knowing) of Eva's life and each of the character's interactions with her
  • He forsees Eva's death which suggests that he had supernatural powers
  • The play ends with the audience curious as to whether or not he actually existed 
  • Sheila is the first to recognise that the Inspector is a catalyst for the truth 
  • The Inspector has the background knowledge to link each of the characters to Eva's suicude
  • He plays the role of god in warning that if the characters do not change their ways then only more bad will come from their actions "fire, blood and anguish" ; this manifests that they will go to hell, and it also insinuates that another war will come (supporting the idology that he is omniscent of the second world war)
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Mr Birling

  • Socially inferior to his wife
  • He is concerned with how his family appear rather than their well-being as he is a social climber
  • Gives capitalist speeches and often lectures his children as he is certain that he is correct
  • When the Inspector points out the fallacy in his social and political views Mr Birling becomes defensive and angered
  • Priestley uses dramatic irony to allused to the audience that Mr Birling is foolish 
  • For instance he claims that the Titanic is ‘Unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable’ ; this makes the audience percieve his as idiotic due to their knowledge of the Titanic sinking
  • He also makes remarks on how another war is unlikely - which again the audience is aware of this fallacy
  •  Represents the sin of avarice (or greed)
  • Too arrogant to learn his lesson since when the Inspector gives his final speech he is dismissive
  • Shows lack of sympathy when Sheila is hurt by Gerald's cheating; as he sees the engagement as a business oppurtunity
  • Unable to admit his responsibility for his part in Eva's death
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