Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation

Beginning the Academic Essay

The Inspector’s entrance is the most dramatic as he arrives straight after Mr Birling has made his pompous speeches and has told Gerald about his potential knighthood and avoiding any indignities to retain his respectable reputation. “I gather there’s a very good chance of a knighthood so long as we behave ourselves, don’t get into the police court or start a scandal – eh?( Laughs complacently.)”The first appearance of Inspector Goole is an unexpected and shocking arrival and has drastically transformed the mood of the once jovial and exultant Birlings. Furthermore Mr Birling has remarked on his capitalist views such as “A man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own” however at that moment the main socialist who shields the susceptible and defenceless in the play arrives altering the dynamics of the plot. His exit is the most dramatic as “he walks straight out” without giving the chance for any of the Birlings to cause a commotion about the peculiar inspection and possible public scandal that has arisen. As a result he leaves trusting that the family will repent for their actions but this only resonates with Sheila and Eric. Priestley allowed the inspector’s exit so that the Birlings could contemplate the new exposures made.

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