Inspector goole dominates and controls the play and enfolds the excitement most importantly he adds dramatic effects which engages the audience and makes priestley’s message more comprehensible one way he does this is through language. Inspector short writing task 1) how is sheila presented after the inspector's arrival 2) what impact does the inspector have on the birling family in act one type your response to each of these questions, using evidence to support your points spend 15 minutes on each response peer assessment swap responses with a partner and mark their response.
When edna announces the arrival of the inspector and mentions that he is from the police and that the reason for his calling is 'important' the reader/audience immediately senses that the inspector is not there to indulge in pleasantries.
Inspector's arrival on its own does not build up tension, but when the door bell rings there is not really any clue as to who it is, or why they are at this seemingly personal celebration of sheila and gerald's. The birlings are celebrating an engagement it's a happy celebration that quickly turns sour with the inspector's arrival and ensuing questions he is attempting to chronicle the events leading up to a young girl's suicide, and the people in the room have a part in these events his interrogations.
The inspector is the major dramatic device used by j b priestley to move on the plot and control not only the pace but the dramatic tension the play in is “real time” in other word the story lasts exactly as long as the play is on on stage as soon as the inspector enters the stage the tension mounts.
The arrival of the inspector interrupts the birlings’ celebration, which indicates the moment of contrast between the comfortable, capitalist lifestyle of the birlings and the truth of the injustice and inequality in the working class.
Inspector goole is more than a staging device in an inspector calls staging devices such as lighting, narration, dance sequences, sound effects, stage props and music are intended to serve a specific purpose in a play a staging device is usually intended to enhance the play's central message or to create the desired mood and atmosphere. In this sense, inspector goole is a staging device but he exceeds the expectations of such a role and it would be unfair to call him 'just' a staging device before the inspector arrives at the birling home we meet the family celebrating mr gerald croft's engagement to sheila birling mr birling is an industrialist and the people at his table represent the wealthy upper class, whose speech and actions reflect the arrogance and prejudice of such families.