An Inspector Calls Companion Revision Guide (Act 1)

An Inspector Calls Companion Revision Guide (Act 1)


This unique revision guide is broken down into a series of units and objectives to help pupils revise the whole text. It follows the PEE (point, evidence, explanation) code though the whole play mapping plot, characters, themes, historical context and use of language.


Unit 7: Inspector Goole enters and informs the Birling family about the death of Eva Smith. He immediately interrogates Mr Birling about his part in her suicide.


P:   Priestley describes Inspector Goole in the stage directions when he enters.

E:   He creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness (P8/B)

E:   Priestley states that Inspector Goole is not a physically large man but has an, ‘air of mystery.’ The name, ‘Goole’ is presumably meant to refer to a mischievous spirit or, ‘ghoul’ suggesting that the Inspector means to create trouble and chaos in the Birling family and that he has supernatural qualities. The audience needs to consider whether Goole is a representative of Eva Smith on earth or has come to purposely haunt the conscience of the main perpetrators of her death and challenge their capitalist views on life. The Inspector is the only character in the play who speaks with consistent assurance and moral force,

‘He speaks carefully, weightily and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking.’

 The Inspector has a number of different functions in the play. He leads the audience and the characters onstage through a chronological account of Eva Smith’s life filling in important expository detail. He also interrogates each of the characters, with the exception of Edna, to determine responsibility for the death of the young woman. Inspector Goole takes on the role of family therapist who helps the Birling family question personal and social responsibility. At the same time he criticises capitalist views and promotes socialism as a means of improving society.

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Saved By The Teacher Companion Revision Notes  based on the PEE code (Point, Evidence, Explanation) are unique and unlike any other revision guides on the market because students and their parents can systematically track through the full text using a series of colour-coded buttons to help map plot, character development, themes, historical context and use of language.

Experienced teacher Sarah Haggar Batten has tested the Saved By The Revision Notes over many years and has gathered much evidence to suggest that revising texts in conjunction with PEE Guides help improve results by at least one grade.

These comprehensive revision notes provide the voice of a personal home tutor and equate to approximately 12 hours of expensive personal tutoring. They can also be used as part of the on-going revision process and can be revisited several times. At the end of the revision process students can lay down their texts and rely on the notes to support last minute revision.

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