The Inspector also shows us that Eric is guilty of what he has done he admits what the Inspector says. The Inspector does not need to question him much to get the truth. Eric also feels guilty of what he has done. This is all shown when the Inspector questions him. Eric has also changed by the inspectors investigation. This is shown at the end of the play when they all find out that the inspector is not a real inspector and when they all talk to each other. The way Eric talks there it shows he has changed by the inspector’s investigation. The Inspector shows us that Gerald is also guilty of what he has done. He admits what the inspector says to him with out much questioning. This is shown when the inspector is talking to him. The way Gerald answers his questions to the inspector shows that he also feels a bit guilty of what he has done.
The third role of the inspector is to add mystery and intrigue to the play, and make this play more exciting for the audience to watch. The name of the inspector is “Goole.” This name sounds exactly the same as a ghost name. At the end of the play we find out that the inspector is not a real inspector. So if his not a real inspector and his name comes from ghosts it makes you think that the inspector is maybe a ghost. This makes him very mysterious.
They way the inspector enters the house he makes it very mysterious as well. He enters the house when Mr. Birling giving out a big speech to Gerald and Eric. The speech is about how a man needs to look after him self and his and own and not thinking about other people. During that speech the inspector disturbs him and enters the house. If J.B Priestly wanted to he could have allow Mr. Birling finish his speech then let the inspector in. But he didn’t, I think this was because the inspector was here to correct him and show that he is wrong.
At the end of the play the inspector says a very big speech to the Birlings. This speech he said is. “But just remember this. One Eva Smith is 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 lives, and what we think and say and do. We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night.
This last speech he says shows that he is not very interested in the law but he is more concerned in morality. Because actually the Birlings and Gerald Croft have not done anything against the law so there should be no reason for him to be here. This last speech also builds up the suspicion on what the inspector could be. This also makes the play very mysterious by the inspector. The inspector questions the Birlings and Gerald Croft in a very rude manner. He treats them like they are ordinary people. If this was an ordinary inspector he would have respected them and would have not been very hard on them. This makes the inspector very different from other inspectors. This also makes him more mysterious and makes the play more interesting to watch.
The fourth role of the inspector is to show us the main theme of the play. He shows this to us by the last speech he says to the Birlings. Which is. “But just remember this. One Eva Smith has gone but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smith and John Smith still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their sufferings and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do. We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish. Good night”. This speech sums up the whole theme of the play which is social responsibilities and not only thinking about your self.
J.B Priestly uses the inspector to develop the plot, make us understand the characters, make this play more interesting to watch and give us the main theme of the play. The inspector is like the heart of the play without him we would have not known anything. The message J.B Priestly is trying to give to us is that rich families are not all good they also make mistakes and they need to learn from it.