The Function of the Character Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls

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John Boynton Priestley was born on 13th September 1894 in Bradford, Yorkshire and died in 1984. Queen Victoria died in 1901 (when Priestley was seven years old), thus ending the ‘Victorian’ era. Her son then became King Edward VII, which was the start of what we know as the ‘Edwardian’ era. When Priestley was sixteen he left school and worked in a firm of wool merchants, but joined the army and served in the First World War, (1914-18) on the front line in France. He was wounded and gassed. At the age of twenty-five he was awarded a place at Cambridge to study literature, history and political science and later went on to work as a journalist in London. An article he wrote in 1957 led to the formation of the Campaign for Nuclear…show more content…
Towards the end of the engagement dinner the Birling’s parlour maid Edna enters the room to explain that an “An Inspector’s Called”. The most important thing about this sentence is the word “called”, it’s a word that is usually used in informal conversations. That’s what makes it so deceptive, Edna says “An Inspectors Called” as if the Inspector is just dropping in for an informal chat and something to eat, but it’s quite the opposite really. The way the Inspector operates may appear casual laid-back and spontaneous but he has only one objective and he uses his single-minded and calculating ways to get the results he wants. He likes to work systematically dealing with one person and one line of enquiry at a time; he confronts each of them with a piece of evidence before breaking them down and making them talk. Sheila understands this when she says “He’s giving us the rope – so that we’ll hang ourselves”. The Inspector’s real power lies in his knowledge, he can move the discussion on to a different topic as and when he chooses, after he first enters the room and explains who he is; he starts off the investigation by giving a summary of the event’s leading up to Eva Smith’s death that
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