How does Alan Bennett express conflicting views about education through his portrayal of the four teachers in « The History Boys »?
In this play, the author Alan Bennett wants to convince the audience that education can be approached in many different ways. In fact, through the characters of Hector, Irwin, Dorothy Lintott and the headmaster, he shows us that there is no “right” or “wrong” way of teaching.
The first educator properly introduced to the audience is Hector, a rather unusual teacher. The first scene starts in French, which is quite unexpected since Hector is a literature teacher. In this scene, we also understand Hector’s opinion about renowned universities: for him, going to Oxford or Cambridge is the same as going to …show more content…
It’s due to Mrs Lintott if the boys got such good grades for their A-Levels. During the play, Dorothy isn’t teaching the boys anymore, but she still has an important role since she is the teachers confident, and is seen as neutral, although she has very clear opinions: as she says to the headmaster : “I tend not to distinguish […] between centres of higher learning”. In other words, as long as the boys go to a good university, she isn’t regardful of the reputation. She also brings humour to the play, since she is very honest and often uses taboo language in a very natural way: (about Dakin) “He is a cunt-struck”. Mrs Lintott tells the boys that women have been excluded from their view of