The History Boys - Hector

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  • Hector
    • Charismatic
      • The boys look up to him
        • Initially they're reluctant to respond positively to Irwin's encouragement for them to use every piece of knowledge as well as literature, in their ox-bridge exams.
          • "We couldn't do that sir. That would be a betrayal of trust." Akthar (p.39)
        • But remain unsure of his intentions
          • "There was a contract between him and his class. Quite what the contract  was or what it involved would be hard to say. But it was there." Akthar (p. 106)
    • Outré
    • Morally wrong
      • Inappropriate
        • He touches up the boys while they ride pillion on his motorbike.
          • "Who's on pillion duty?" Hector (p. 17)
          • They (the boys) see it as a sacrifice
            • Scripps:  "The things I do for Jesus" (p.17)
    • Love of literature
      • He encourages the boys to learn literature by heart
        • He feels this knowledge will enrich the boys future, and doesn't agree with it being just for exams
          • "I count examinations even for Oxford and Cambridge as the enemy of education. Which is not to say that I don’t regard education as the enemy of education, too." Hector, (p. 48)
      • He is deeply affected by the poem "Drummer Hodge"
        • "The best moments in reading are when you come across something- a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you." Hector (p. 56)
    • Other useful quotations(Gobbets!)
      • "I am your teacher. Whatever I do in this room is a token of my trust. I am in your hands. It is a pact. Bread eaten in secret. ‘I have put before your life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live’." Hector, (p. 6)
      • "Mr. Hector’s stuff’s not meant for the exam, sir. It’s to make us more rounded human beings."- Timms, (p. 38)
      • "’The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo. You that way, we this way.’"- Hector, (p. 57)
  • Outré


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