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The Final Speech of the Inspector

  • Date Submitted: 01/03/2012 02:01 AM
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The Inspector’s final speech is one of the most poignant and important in the play. It summarises his role and his views, and the themes of the play.
Firstly, the inspector talks about how we are all responsible for everyone else, differing from the capitalist views of Mr Birling. He repeats words and uses contrasting pairs to get his points across.
“...are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and their chances of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, with what we think and say and do.”  
This implies that the Inspector has socialistic views, similar to that of the writer, backing up the theory that he represents Priestly.

Also, the use of “we” insinuates themes of responsibility that the book has. “We are responsible for each other”. Also, the use of “they” in the negative shows he is implying that the “they” will be the aristocrats, like Mr Birling, will be given a baptism of fire.

Finally, the most striking phrase of the speech. It is to insinuate the mental and social destruction that the upper classes will face. Powerful words like “Anguish, blood and Fire” are used to imply this. It is a poignant speech, one that shocks and unsettles the Birlings.
The role of the inspector is artfully surmised by this ending speech-the use of contrasting pairs, powerful words and repetition imply a sense of sincerity and a cold anger as the Inspector is speaking.

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