Year 11: An Inspector Calls . Inspector goole. Who is the Inspector?. Is he a ghost? YES. Is he the voice of Priestley? INDEED. Is he the voice of God? Is he the voice of our consciences? PERHAPS. Do you have any other suggestions?. Inspector Goole: Who or what is he? . Objective:
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Is he a ghost? YES.
Is he the voice of Priestley? INDEED.
Is he the voice of God?
Is he the voice of our consciences? PERHAPS.
Do you have any other suggestions?
A = as creating "an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness. He is a man in his fifties, dressed in a plain darkish suit. He speaks carefully, weightily, and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking.”
A = he likes to deal with “one person and one line of enquiry at a time.” His method is to confront a suspect with a piece of information and then make them talk - or, as Sheila puts it, "he's giving us the rope - so that we'll hang ourselves.”
A = He deals with each member of the family very firmly and several times we see him massively taking charge as disputes erupt between them. He is not impressed when he hears about Mr Birling's influential friends and he cuts through MrsBirling'sobstructiveness.
A = His final speech is like a sermon or a politician's. He leaves the family with the message "We are responsible for each other” and warns them of the "fire and blood and anguish” that will result if they do not pay attention to what he has taught them.
Following the Inspector’s exit, one of the play’s central themes comes to the fore – the idea of responsibility. However, while some characters are ready to consider their involvement and accept responsibility for their part in Eva Smith’s death, other characters appear to have other concerns.