The History Boys (Sulaiman Mamoun)

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  • The History Boys
    • Characters
      • Staff
        • Hector
          • "You give them an education, I give them a wherewithal to resist it."
        • Irwin
          • "Hate them because these boys & girls against whom you are to compete have been groomed like thoroughbreads for this one particular race"
          • "Truth is no more at issue in an examination than thirst at a wine-tasting or fashion at a *****-tease."
          • "History nowadays is not a matter of conviction. It's a performance. It's entertainment, and if it isn't, make it so."
          • "There's no better way of forgetting something than by commemorating it"
        • Fiona
        • Mrs Lintott
          • "One of the hardest things for boys to learn is that a teacher is human"
          • "History is a commentary on the various and continuing in-capabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with a bucket."
        • Headmaster
      • Students
        • Posner
          • "I'm a Jew. I'm small. I'm homosexual. And I live in Sheffield. I'm ******."
        • Dakin
        • Scripps
          • "Posner envied Dakin his navel and all the rest of him. That this envy might not yet occur to Posner, as to date it only has caused him misery and dissatisfaction"
        • Rudge
          • Talented athlete from working-class background. The teachers underestimate him.
        • Lockwood
        • Akthar
        • Timms
        • Crowther
    • Themes
      • Purpose of Education
      • History & Truth
      • Sex & Sexuality
        • The students of the play are coming of age intellectually and sexually.
      • Hope & Failure
      • Class & Gender
    • Context
      • Alan Bennett
        • Was taught by a history teacher who he later described to be closest to Mrs Lintott
        • Attempted a scholarship to Oxford because he fell in love with another guy who was going there.
        • Was the son of a Co-op Butcher
      • The 1980's
        • This era involved the defining purpose of education to go under heavy changes
        • Government held a tighter grip than ever on schools, colleges and universities
        • New school system was introduced called League Tables
        • Margaret Tharcther was the first female PM

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