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‘He inspected us alright’ Who said this? What is meant by this quote? LO: Can I explore the importance of Inspector Goole? Make sure you pay close attention.

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1 ‘He inspected us alright’ Who said this? What is meant by this quote? LO: Can I explore the importance of Inspector Goole? Make sure you pay close attention to the stage directions Key words: Dramatic irony, social responsibility, morals, conscience inspection, self-reflection, credibility What does the Learning Objective actually mean?

2 At what point in the play does Priestley introduce the inspector? How does his entrance create tension? Pg 10 What is revealed about appearance? What does his appearance suggest about his personality? ‘ creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness.’ ‘He speaks carefully, weightily and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he address before actually speaking’ An Inspector Calls Dramatic Irony - YouTube

3 What do the following quotes reveal about the Inspector? What ideas and issues do they reflect? ‘ No, thank you, Mr Birling. I’m on duty.’ ‘Burnt her inside out.’ ‘she was in great agony.’ ‘One person and one line of enquiry at a time’ ‘It’s my duty to ask questions.’ ‘ [dryly] I don’t play golf.’ ‘There are a lot of young women living that sort of existence in every city and big town in this country.’ ‘[dryly] it would do us all a bit of good if sometimes we tried to put ourselves in place of these young women counting our pennies……’ ‘If you’re easy with me then I’m easy with you.’ Priestley’s mouthpiece

4 What do the following quotes reveal about the Inspector? What ideas and issues do they reflect? ‘(massively) Public men, Mr Birling have responsibilities as well as privileges.’ 41 ‘Don’t worry, Mrs Birling I shall do my duty,’ 48 ‘ You’ll be able to divide the responsibility up between you when I’ve gone’ 54 ‘You’re offering money at the wrong time.’ 56 Priestley’s mouthpiece

5 The Inspector’s Speech 57 ‘But just remember this, one Eva Smith has gone but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us……… 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 in blood and anguish. Good night. Who is the inspector talking to? What is he trying to say? Who are the millions and millions of Eva Smith and John Smiths? What is the Inspector referring to when he says ‘all intertwined with our lives? Why don’t we live alone? What body are we members of ? Why are we responsible for each other? What does Priestley believe will be the consequences if we refuse to change and take responsibility for those around us who cannot fend for themselves? What is Priestley suggesting about Capitalism and the ruling classes?

6 LO: to explore how Priestley uses language & dramatic techniques to present his ideas Look closely at the Inspector’s final speech; underline any key phrases which reflect Priestley’s ideas and themes of the play. Explain clearly in your annotations what Priestley was trying to suggest about social and moral responsibility. How do Priestley’s ideas tie in with the socialist ideology? In what way has Priestley used the inspector as his mouthpiece?

7 ‘But each of you helped to kill her’ Find the parts played by each member of the Birling family in Eva’s death THE INSPECTOR says that Mr Birling………………… Mrs Birling………………… Sheila…………………… Gerald……………….. Eric………………….. THE INSPECTOR says that at least Gerald had……………………………… NOW THAT EVA IS GONE You can’t…………………………………. You can’t ………………………………. You can’t even…………………………. P 55-56

8 What must I do to achieve my target? You must support your views with close reference to context, events and Priestley’s ideas: What is the importance of inspector in the play? B– I can explain the role of the inspector in explaining key quotes and the impact Priestley wants him to have on the audience C: I can comment on the inspector’s role and what the audience think of him. I can find some quotes to support my views. A - I can explore in detail the role of the inspector, and the ideas that Priestley wants to portray through him, supporting my views with detailed quote analysis.

9 What do you think Priestley is suggesting about Capitalism and the ruling classes through the inspector’s speech A/B grade Write 1 paragraph using the PEE chain and evidence from the inspector’s speech to explain and justify your ideas. Try and link your ideas to the play’s themes. B– I can explain the role of the inspector and some of the ideas that Priestley wants to show through him, supporting my views with quotes, which I can explain. A - I can explore in detail the role of the inspector, and the ideas that Priestley wants to portray through him, supporting my views with detailed quote analysis. Don’t forget the audience’s response

10 What do you think is the importance of the inspector in the play? C grade Write 1 paragraph using the PEE chain and evidence from the inspector’s speech to explain and justify your ideas. Try and link your ideas to the play’s themes. C: I can comment on the inspector’s role and why he is an important character. I can find some quotes to support my views and can begin to explain how they show the inspector’s importance. Don’t forget to comment on how the audience responds to the inspector.

11 Priestley uses the inspector to try to make the Birlings inspect themselves and reflect on how they behaved towards Eva Smith. He wants to shame them into admitting they did a bad thing, in the hope that they will change and take responsibility for their behaviour towards others. ‘We are members of one body’ Priestley uses the inspector as his mouthpiece: to speak his views. He believes that all people are part of the community; we are all members of the human race. Therefore, we need to care for each other and help those in need, not turn our backs on them. He is talking about social responsibility. Priestley also talking to the audience. He wants them to listen to his message; inspecting themselves and changing their behaviour too, like Sheila and Eric. We are members of one body.

12 Point: The inspector is an important character because..………. Prove it: “ “ Explain it: This suggests/highlights/indicates that………………………………….. [link clearly to themes + context] Audience: The audience…..

13 What have I learnt about Responsibility ? Do you think that Priestley’s message is still relevant today? Hmwk Find out what you can about David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ idea? Has it any similarities with Priestley’s views?


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