An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley Essay

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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

Priestly uses the inspector to represent morality, and how us as a society should be more moral towards each other .I believe the inspector is primarily used to influence the conscience of those watching the play. Through employing the inspector as a dramatic device, Priestly exposes the segregation of the rich and the poor, and the manipulative behaviour that the rich perform upon the poor regarding the prejudice and abusive exploitation the rich deliver on those who are less economically fortunate. Priestly also uses the inspector to keep the play moving and to retain a constant air of suspense throughout the duration. This essay seeks to highlight how the
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He is proud of his status and reminds other of it, especially when he attempts to put the Inspector in his place. However as the play continues the inspector uses various techniques to teach Mr Birling respect and social acceptance, but as the play draws to a close, he refuses to accept any responsibility for Eva 's death, and becomes increasing annoyed by the Inspector's questioning. The fact that the inspector can control people into believing that they’re in the wrong could be interpreted as evidence to suggest that maybe this character is supernatural. The inspector has an overwhelming presence, and has the habit of staring at the candidate before speaking. This confidence to disconcert even the most heartlessness of people could come from being supernatural.

The way the inspector treats different people, seems to be decided on how courteous they are to him. However he never uses rudeness as an excuse to bring his point forward to the person he’s speaking too. I’ve noticed that throughout the play the Inspector manages to retain almost constant patience with the Birling family despite their ignorance and denial. The inspector has the ability to empathize with characters such as Sheila and Eric because he can recognize that they repent of what they have done and are
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