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  • The History Boys themes
    • Education
      • Exploration of differences in educational philosophies.
        • Presents 2 teachers with distinctly different ideas.
          • The students are caught in crossfire however can be seen to benefit from the best of both sides.
      • The Headmaster, Felix is determined to raise the educational profile of the school.
        • Presents 2 teachers with distinctly different ideas.
          • The students are caught in crossfire however can be seen to benefit from the best of both sides.
        • He himself has little regard for learning.
        • Has no sympathy for Hector's imbuing with culture
          • Success is about prestige - he is under immense pressure.
      • Hector
        • Culture extremely important to him.
          • Whether films or poetry.
          • Hector's teaching "is the only education worth having" pg 109
        • Preparing the boys for the trauma and uncertainty of the human condition.
          • "a sort of insurance against the boys' ultimate failure" MRS LINTOTT pg 69
          • Offers art as an emotional consolation.
            • Although, "whatever Hector says, I find literature lowering" DAKIN pg 46
            • "mr Hector would have just given me a quotation... Literature is medicine, wisdom, elastoplasts" POSNER pg 44
          • The poets Hector teaches and quotes, Houseman, Larkin and Hardy, all dwell upon the painful aspects of existence.
        • He expects his students to share in some of his enthusiasm for literature.
          • "a contract" AKTHAR pg 106
          • "he led you to expect the best" CROWTHER pg 107
          • Succeeds - shown by how much money he has collected.
      • Irwin
        • Suffered from the system himself.
          • His own application was unsuccessful.
          • Manages to get all eight boys into their chosen collages.
            • Especially appreciated by Felix.
            • By persuading them to be unorthodox to the point of being perverse.
              • "go in the back door. Or even better, the side" IRWIN
            • Teaches them that all literature and knowledge should be used in questions.
              • "Education isn't for when they're old and grey and sitting by the fire. It's for now. The exam is next month." IRWIN pg 49
                • Ill equipped to help the boys live but he can get them through the entrance examination.
        • At first presenter of television programmes on historical subjects.
        • Cynical.
      • The boys are bright enough to realise the appeals of both Hector's and Irwin's methods.
        • "it depends if you want us thoughtful. Or smart." TIMMS  pg 70
        • Dakin looks favourably upon Irwin's approach.
          • "I didn't know you were allowed to call art or literature into question" DAKIN pg 47
          • Scripps is less impressed with "arguing for affect" pg 76

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