What Are the Different Attitudes That the Various Teachers and Students Have Towards Education in Alan Bennett’s Play the History Boys?

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What are the different attitudes that the various teachers and students have towards education in Alan Bennett’s play the History Boys? (Up to page 40) It is clear to say that the attitudes towards education alter greatly between the various teachers and students in Alan Bennett’s play the History Boys. One of the most peculiar and interesting characters to look at in the History Boys is Hector. Hector is the teacher devoted to infusing his students with a love of books, words, and even the necessary un-necessaries of life. He manages to override all stereotypical aspects that one might find in a teacher and shows the audience a completely new way of teaching and through this conveys his own view on education. Hector’s supposedly teaching the boy’s ‘General Studies’ but his definition of 'General Studies' includes a French conversational class set in an imagined “brothel”, regular renditions of Gracie Fields' classics and an ongoing bet with the boys as to whether he can guess the names of the films they act out for him. “Now. Some silly time. Where’s the kitty?” By using moneys Hector motivates the students to learn different films in the hope of one day finding a scene that Hector cannot recognise. Upon looking inside the kitty Hector discovers there “sixteen pounds” showing the audience that the money has accumulated over the many times that Hector has played and won this game. This large sum of money makes the boys the more eager to win by learning new films and “make [themselves] more rounded human beings.” This is a clever plot by Hector who manages to teach them things that they might not want to learn and yet do, on their own accord, with this fun game in their minds. Hector does not seem to care much for A-levels and describes them to the boys as “those longed for emblems of your conformity”. By saying this Hector tells the boys that achieving

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