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Inspector Gooles entrance is very important as it affects the whole mood and atmosphere It says in the stage directions that the lighting should be pink and intimate as it is a joyful occasion for the Birling family until the Inspector arrives and then it should change to be brighter and harder I think this is because Priestly wants to create a noticeably colder atmosphere upon the Inspectors presence In the Royal National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls when the Inspector emerged onto the stage the Birlings house split into two allowing him in Metaphorically this represents how the Inspector later on in the play divides morally the older and younger generations of the Birling family The family is also exposed by the use of light Give us more light This is symbolic because not only does it let you enter the Birlings world but it also reveals to the audience their true inner characters The Inspectors entrance clearly affects the mood of the play In the initial scene directions Priestley instructed that the lighting should become brighter and harder when the Inspector arrives which gives him an advantage for the family can no longer hide behind the rosy glow The Inspector makes it clear that his purpose is to establish exactly whom it is that made a nasty mess of Eva Smiths life I noticed that he does not spare the Birlings any of the harsh images of the suicide victim and the audience realise that he is very single-minded in pursuing his chosen line of investigation He is not like a normal Police Officer in the way that they show respect for people they encounter whereas he is sometimes quite rude and ill mannered to the Birlings which shocks MrsBirling - I beg your pardon Priestley uses Goole to make judgements about characters which they feel are unusual and inappropriate in a Police Inspector He undermines their complacent assumption
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