Inspector Goole - An Inspector CallsWatch
I am in Year 10 and am currently studying An Inspector Calls in English Literature. I have an exam on Wednesday and we are required to write an essay on 'The Significance of Inspector Goole' (From the start of the play until Act Two)
These are the ideas I have so far....
1: As Inspector Goole arrives, the stage directions suggest that the lighting should change from 'pink and intimate' to 'brighter and harder' It is we though Inspector Goole is coming to shed light on the situation surrounding Eva's Death (can anyone expand on this and why Priestley may have chosen to do this?)
2: The name 'Inspector Goole' has various possible interpretations. Goole is a homophone of the word ghoul, which has connotations of ghosts and the supernatural. This suggests that he may be interested in death, which would link to the Inspectors inquiries about the death of Eva Smith.
An alternative interpretation may be that (I don't feel like I'm introducing this properly, it feels as though I'm guessing) he has been sent from the afterlife to deliver the truth about the Birling's behaviour and act as a warning about the future
3: The Inspectors apperance is perfectly timed, just after Mr Birling insists that 'a man has to mind his own business and look after himself' which is followed by a 'sharp ring', singnaling the Inspector's arrival. It is as if he has arrived to immediately challenge Birling's opinion. (I thought of bringing Capitalism and socialism into it here?)
4: Even though we never actually meet Eva Smith in the play, the Inspector makes the reader understand and emphathise with her as a character. This can be seen when the Inspector described how the disinfect she drank 'burnt her insides out' The verb 'bunt' has connotations of fire and of being alight, suggesting that how she burnt her insides out was brutal and painful.
I've left some questing in brackets that would help me and if you have any further ideas as to what I could include please let me know (I feel as though I may need to muse some further comments on structure and Priestleys purpose)
Many thanks for your help!