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An Inspector Calls: Inspector Essay

I have attempted this and I would really appreciate someone marking it and giving me feedback and if possible a score or grade out of 34. TY!

How does Priestley use the character of the inspector to suggest ways that society could be improved?

In the post-war allegoric play - Priestley imports the character of the inspector as this microcosm of likelihood of a dominated socialist society. Priestley does this to suggest that socialism is the way forward to improve society and furthermore encouraging the audience to change to a more socialistic ideology.

In Priestley’s allegorical play, Priestley constructs the Inspector as the microcosm of likelihood of a dominated socialistic society. The Inspector is firstly introduced through the stage directions of the change in “lighting” to a “pink intimate” which grows “brighter and harder” as he enters. The crafted metaphor of “pink” colour associates to this collective society and the love a social society would portray of dominated which hints the Inspector’s constructed role of a microcosm for a socialistic society. This further depicts Priestley’s didactic portrait of introducing this socialistic inspector to show that society could be improved through a more socialistic perspective on society so that we are together are “responsible for each other”. Furthermore - the inspector is implied as this microcosm for a potential social society through the fluctuating lighting of “brighter and harder”. These double adjectives creates this semantic field of emphasis which connotes to Priestley’s suggestion of metaphorically highlighting the inspector to almost identify his importance through his socialistic remarks of a character in the play. The use of the innocent imagery of “brighter” perhaps introduced through the inspector to almost investigate how socialists are these “brighter” individuals in society who have a more omnipotent knowledge compared to capitalists which implicates the audience to change their ideology to socialism because of the way Priestley exemplifies socialists being more powerful in their collective “community” which states the Inspector’s microcosm role of socialistic society in further generations. This further provokes the ability of improvement in society as Priestley expresses his audience to change their ideology to socialism as this is the way to improve society further on and currently.

Furthermore, Priestley’s enigmatic play presents the Inspector as this microcosm for a futuristic power of socialism in society to encourage the contemporary audience to support socialism for an improvement within society. The inspector’s denouement speech is implicated significantly to highlight Priestley’s overall message on the purpose of this play. The Inspector outlines “the millions and millions and millions of John Smiths and Eva Smiths” which are almost subverted by the capitalistic dominance currently powering society through the play. The use of this repetition emphasises Priestley’s obstruction of Inspector symbolising this microcosm of a future social society and how it can improve society because of the way “millions” crafts this empathetic media which is stimulated by these capitalists who revolve around “business” rather than the community together. Their hubristic behaviour is encapsulated throughout the play to give the capitalistic dominance a negative preview of how it envelopes society to this corruptive and careless society. This encourages the audience to look at the social perspective of society and how this could improve society overall: it outcomes a more positive and social environment. Also, the sibilance of “smith” indicates towards the possible stereotype of how working-class citizens were viewed in the Edwardian society which concludes the socialists viewing of evilness nationally.

The Inspector further conducts the Inspector’s resolution speech by proceeding with socialism and how society could be improved through this ideology. He is claimed to state that “we are all one body” and “we are responsible for each other”. The plural pronoun of “we” registers the Inspector being this microcosm of an improved society through socialistic future within society which further highlights this futuristic socialised community which the Inspector symbolises to improve society. Priestley zooms in on how we all are “responsible for each other” which captures this omnipotent nature of socialism and how “together” we can improve society’s; not individuality. The semantic field of socialism really encloses the audiences’ decision of what to support; encouraging them to stand with socialism. Perhaps Priestley intends to write and publish this play after the war due to the Labour’s winning of the election and how Priestley aims to highlight this advancement of socialistic dominance; how it will improve society. Additionally, the Inspector is emphasised as this microcosm of a futuristic society dominated by socialists to further promote improvements within society from this. The inspector concludes his speech through the echoed brutality of war of “fire and blood and anguish”. The reference of this triadic structure links to the imagery of conflict and how this further states the capitalistic dominance and how their narcissistic obsession over themselves and their statues leads to the conflict between our specie - leaving many of the under classes to become hopeless. Priestley himself was a socialist who contradicts himself metaphorically as the Inspector which further enhances the contribution of his character acting as this microcosm of a futuristic society dominated by socialists. This “fire and blood and anguish” acts as this warning to what the future can hold within if capitalists’ dominance isn’t changed to improve society for a socialistic response which further captures the audiences’ decision of supporting socialism.

In conclusion, Priestley empathises the inspector as this microcosm of a futuristic society powered by socialists and how this will improve society by a social change. Furthermore, Priestley aims to encourage the current audience to change their ideology to socialism to improve society and therefore a more range but significantly, important society.
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i think this is a really good essay because you use a mature tone, but for marking it would depend what exam board you use, for edexcel it’s out of 40 and 16 of the marks are for context so in that case my only critique would be to ask more context about priestley’s views about socialism, and even the effect WW1 had on him, throughout all three paragraphs instead of just the one (but it depends on the exam board). you could also contrast the birlings (especially arthur and sybil) to the inspector to highlight the capitalistic views in the play, a quote that comes to mind is ‘they’d be asking for the world’ to which the inspector replies ‘it’s better to ask for the work than to take it’. my teacher also encouraged three quotes per paragraph but if your teacher is okay with you doing less than that is fine too.
Original post by enhaza
i think this is a really good essay because you use a mature tone, but for marking it would depend what exam board you use, for edexcel it’s out of 40 and 16 of the marks are for context so in that case my only critique would be to ask more context about priestley’s views about socialism, and even the effect WW1 had on him, throughout all three paragraphs instead of just the one (but it depends on the exam board). you could also contrast the birlings (especially arthur and sybil) to the inspector to highlight the capitalistic views in the play, a quote that comes to mind is ‘they’d be asking for the world’ to which the inspector replies ‘it’s better to ask for the work than to take it’. my teacher also encouraged three quotes per paragraph but if your teacher is okay with you doing less than that is fine too.

I’m with AQA and yes my teacher has tried to limit my writing and focus on my clear message because I wrote lots of pages in the exam. Thank you for the feedback though :smile:

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