and his increasing hastiness towards the end of th

e play to leave thehouse. This designates the fact that the inspector could again be either a
time-traveller come to teach the Birlings a lesson on selfishness and
equality or Priestley himself portraying his message to the audience. I
think this because out of the possibilities, in my opinion, these are the
only two that could acquire, or already know such extensive knowledge about
Eva Smith.

A further way in which Priestley helps us to understand the Inspector’s
role in the play is through the Inspector’s own speech. When he first
arrives at the Birlings house and throughout the rest of the play,
Inspector Goole keeps referring to and describing Eva Smith’s death in a
distasteful manner, “swallowed a lot of strong disinfectant,” “she was in
great agony” “her position now is that she lies with a burnt-out inside on
a slab.” I think this is to create an atmosphere of guilt for the Birlings
in the hope that they might seriously consider what part they could have
played in this tragedy
to prove who he is and that he is a police officer. He has no assistant
with him to help take notes, police officers generally work in twos. He
also never asks a question that he doesn’t already no the answer to, but he
never takes, or looks at, any notes.

On page eleven the Inspector says “two hours ago a girl died” this is very
peculiar because the Inspector would have had to go to at least three
different places, file a report, search Eva Smiths apartment, read all of
Eva Smith’s diary and memorise it then go to the Birlings house, in only
two house that’s nearly impossible.

Eva Smith’s death is a big clue that the Inspector is not a real police
Inspector, as I have already mentioned no court in the world would convict
any of the Birlings of manslaughter or murder, they have done nothing
lawfully wrong. The Inspector was more an inspector of morals, he is
teaching them that they are behaving amorally and have to change, as
Priestleybelieved that society had to change too.

the richer people during his Political Science degree, and framed the
values that were later to predominate Priestley’s writing. In this play
Priestley observes the world around him, and is trying to put across the
socialist point of how terribly the working class were being treated by the
rich at the time. This is why the Inspector, who is in most respects the
main character in this play, must in theory carry an overall socialist
message. This can be supported in simple quotes such as, “I don’t play
golf.” Golf was at the time, and usually still is, regarded as a game
played by the rich. Golf club memberships are expensive and only affluent
people are accepted. This shows that the Inspector disagrees with the well-
heeled attitude associated with golf. Priestley continues with his views
when the Inspector says, “Public men… have responsibilities as well as
privileges.” This is more of a statement than a line and portrays the idea
of the whole play in a couple of words. This is why the Inspector is such a
strong character, because he is the personification of Priestley’s values
that are
They believed that the lower class people we beneath them and they were not
part of ‘their society’. This is what Priestly was trying to portray in his
play. The hidden title of the play was not ‘An Inspector Calls’ but ‘Social
responsibility Calls’. What I mean by social responsible calls, is that it
is about time that people understand what it means to be a capitalist and
then be empathetic to those who do not have any friends or family who feel
responsible for them.

Priestley wanted us all to know that what ever we do and say will, by
chance, affect the lives of others.

The Inspector’s last address uses the features of a political speech.

In a political speech things are sometimes listed in threes. For example
the famous Gettysburg speech
‘Government of the people, by the people, for the people’
In the Inspector’s last speech he uses this same technique.

The Inspector lists things in threes so that they will be emphasised.

‘One Eva Smith has gone but there are millions and millions and millions of
Eva Smiths and John smiths still left with us’
‘If men will no learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and
blood and anguish’
When a good speech is performed it is said with the use of contrastive
pairs. For example, ‘That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for

The Inspector also uses this device in his speech. He says
‘One Eva has gone but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva
Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes
and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness all intertwined with our