Posted at 10.31.2018
'An Inspector Telephone calls' by J. B. Priestly is an extremely well written and funny play that explains to us of the suicide dedicated by a young girl named Eva Smith. Were launched to a policeman known as Inspector Goole going to a family group of high position, and forcing those to tell secrets that they have kept covered.
We see how quickly the Inspector makes his symbol on the Birlings' secure environment. As soon as the Inspector gets into the play, he makes a large impact which is shown by the light of the stage. Ahead of his entry it is pink, warm and intimate which is as opposed to the brighter, harder light following the Inspector occurs. This puts Inspector Goole at an edge because the family can't seek comfort in the pink glow. In Function 1 when Mr. Birling was speaking with Eric and Gerald he was speaking 'solemnly' but following the Inspector gets into he begins to speak 'somewhat impatiently', like he's slowly beginning to lose control of how everyone responds to him. Gleam sense of Inspector Goole being an intimidating identity, being around him you have to answer with the truth you can not lie, as described by Sheila by the end of Function 1 ' he recognizes. Obviously he is aware of'.
Also The Inspector enters at that exact point where Mr. Birling is lecturing Eric and Gerald that 'a man has to brain his own business and look after his home and his own'. That is significant because he is trying to make the point that each person is responsible for the whole community.
Inspector Goole's name is a pun on the word 'ghoul', an ominous nature or ghost, as a sort of cosmic policeman foreshadowing things to come. The Inspector is not a huge man but he conveys a sense of 'purposefulness'. He walks and talks such as a man in his fifties, 'wearing an ordinary dark suit', typical to most policemen of the period. You also see the audience impressed by Inspector Goole's looks, his tall, lean and inexplicable figure.
The Inspector talks with a feeling of expert. He talks carefully but has a discomforting habit of looking hard at the individual before talking to them, as though looking at their souls. Although he always addresses Mr. Birling as 'Sir' and refers to everyone else by their last names, he's indifferent to the Birlings' high status. For example his response of 'Quite so' when Mr. Birling is reeling off a set of his success and who he knows. Inspector Goole right answers his questions very quickly almost verging on annoyance going out of the Birlings at a downside because they want to learn information in what has took place. He also talks 'harshly' to the family, in Function 2 Mrs. Birling says that' you have no capacity to make me change my head' and Inspector Goole counters that by declaring 'yes I have'. The Inspector does not prefer to be interrupted when he's speaking or when the person he is talking with is interrupted; using one occasion he even speaks rudely to Mr. Birling when addressing Eric. In the beginning of Take action 3 when Shelia, Mr. Birling and Mrs. Birling are having a discussion the Inspector interrupts and says 'There'll be plenty of time, when I've absent, for you all to modify your family relationships'. He also insists that he does not have 'enough time' as there is a sense that he is in a rush to summarize the investigation, so the Birling family will come to terms with the jobs in Eva Smith's suicide. Thus we learn that inspector has a very intense and no-nonsense personality that aids him in looking into the suicide.
The Inspector also uses a variety of different methods to determine what really occurred. The first & most devastating method he uses is the element of shock. The Inspector happens to walk in at an essential time when Gerald Croft and Shelia Birling are celebrating their proposal. Until that point Mr. Birling manages the evening but soon loses this position due to Inspector. This abrupt change in electricity confuses the whole family. The second tool he uses is the journal. This journal of Eva Smith provides Goole an higher palm because he recognizes labels, incidences and places where she experienced met certain people. For instance when Goole casually mentions Daisy Renton, Gerald rather startled replies 'What?' This unexpected change in Gerald Croft's body gestures lets the Inspector know that that name means something to him. Again this shows us how intimidating the character of Inspector Goole is.
Whilst interrogating Mr. Birling the Inspector deploys his main tactical device - a photograph. Precisely how this is helped bring into play is shown in Take action 1 where in fact the Inspector presents it to Birling, when Gerald Croft and Eric visit the inexplicable picture, the inspector moves his body in the form of the two gentlemen to be sure they don't view it. The Inspector later explains that it's how he loves to work 'one person and one type of enquiry at a time'. This is one way the Inspector implements his biggest weapon - timing. This develops suspense because now Gerald and Eric have become unsettled. His method is to confront a suspect with a little amount of information and make them discuss or as Shelia sets it 'he's presenting us rope so that we'll hang up ourselves'. This shows how Priestly uses the inspector to be always a narrator and build suspense in the play.
Inspector Goole is also very good at getting the problem in order again after it begins to get out of hands. This happens in Function 3 when Eric, Sheila, Mr. and Mrs. Birling learn to have a battle and Eric blames Mrs. Birling for Eva Smith's fatality, Goole cuts in and skilfully says 'Stop!', and everyone stops. That is another exemplory case of how Mr. Birling has lost his ability over the household and the Inspector has stated his position as 'the boss'.
The play in a whole talks about the Inspector as a ghost of the family's conscience. He will try to let the family know of this something awful that will happen. He involves the Birlings time before the young lady actually commits suicide displaying them what is going to happen if indeed they do not stop being selfish and let out their secrets, since now that everyone in the family is involved.
In bottom line 'An Inspector Telephone calls' is a well written; humorous and amusing play. It focuses on the idea of social consciousness, and shows us how one insensible work can lead to another fatal one. Inspector Goole is a great law enforcement man because he runs on the variety of different techniques to extract information from the Birlings, after being abrupt and secret to get control. I also feel that Inspector Goole is an attractive personality in conditions of style and attitude. I understand also that he always wants respect even when before someone with higher economic status.