• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore the dramatic impact and importance of Irwin's third lesson (pp34 - 41)

Extracts from this document...


Explore the dramatic impact and importance of Irwin's third lesson (pp34 - 41) * Establish the significance of the passage to the play as a whole. The location of Irwin's third lesson is not stated in the play, which allows actors' flexibility on where they could act it. The scene breaks immediately into Timms asking, "Where do you live, sir?" followed by several other fairly personal questions such as, " Do you exist on an unhealthy diet of takeaway food, sir, or do you whisk up gourmet meals for one?". Noticeably the boys are still calling Irwin "Sir" and therefore have not forgotten their place. This has an impact on the reader; the unsophisticated questions allow the reader to take the boys seriously and accept that they are normal and don't always quote from novels and such. This is significant to the play as a whole because it establishes the boy's relationship with Irwin. They are testing his limits and his humour. The audience builds their own views of Irwin during this scene. Most of Rudge's speech is simply ignored because the boys know that he isn't quite as bright as them. After Irwin's speech about "Henry VIII" he comments, "an angle. You want us to find an angle". ...read more.


This trust issue is similar to the boy's faithfulness to Hector; not telling anyone about him handling their genitals. They boy's think of Hector's lessons as time where they can be more "thoughtful" and express their opinions on various topics, whereas they see Irwin as a teacher who is going to try and get them into Oxbridge. They therefore convey Irwin's lessons as purely factual because they are so used to learning fact after fact to achieve high grades. Irwin wants them to express their opinions in their essays but the boys cannot understand how or why because it is such a contrast to what they have been taught all their lives. The reader can now appreciate how hard Irwin's job is, in persuading the boys that their current knowledge is what they should be including in their essays; the only way that they stand a chance of getting into Oxbridge. This discussion fluidly reverts back to the start of the scene with Akthar asking "This isn't your gap year, is it, sir?" The way the boys effortlessly switch between complicated quotations from multiple poems to simple school boy questions has impact because it shows how intelligent they can be yet not fully mature. ...read more.


Irwin is slightly frustrated that the "lesson has been a complete waste of time." The lesson was similar to one of Hector's lessons; the boys manipulated Irwin by asking him continuous questions about his personal life whilst baffling him with their knowledge of various media. Dakin goes ahead and compares the lesson to one of Hector's. Irwin seems almost insulted by this and retorts, "Yes, you little smart-arse, but he's not trying to get you through an exam." There is no explanation mark; therefore this line could be portrayed as angry. Perhaps Irwin sees Hector in some of the boys and in annoyed by the fact that they do not seem to have the ability to include their interesting quotes in their essays for him. Irwin also states how Hector is not trying to get the boys through an exam, further expressing his views on how pointless Hector's lessons are. This is has dramatic impact because it increases the tension between Irwin and Hector. The scene is significant to the play as a whole because it is suggesting that Hector has provided the knowledge that the boys need to pass they exams, but the boys do not realize that this knowledge is exactly what Irwin is trying to encourage them to use. Irwin's job is made all the more difficult by Hector's teaching and the trust that the boys have in him. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Authors section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Authors essays

  1. Who does Bennett present as a better teacher: Hector or Irwin?

    Bennett states that "there [is] a journalistic side to answering an examination question; that going for the wrong end of the stick [is] more attention-grabbing than a less conventional approach, however balanced." He tells us how this aspect of exam technique was neglected from his childhood by various teachers, due to "sheer snobbery or the notion (here ascribed to Hector)

  2. How does Graham Greene explore gender representation in Brighton Rock?

    We first see these more traditional values in the introduction to her character: "in no time she had cleared the table" what may seem insignificant, the first indicator of her traditional femininity is her occupation. Greene purposefully placed the delicate, innocent girl in the novel as a waitress, symbolising and enhancing what is perceived of the traditional images of women.

  1. What is the importance of the title in Spies?

    The game would have been harmless is Keith's mother wasn't in fact hiding a dreadful secret. Out of the two characters it is Stephen who, in the end, takes his role as a spy most seriously. The game is at first instigated by Keith and Stephen has reservations about looking into Mrs Hayward's "private" things.

  2. "The double-faced Hazard/Chance family is served up the reader as a model for Britain ...

    The passivity, English sound and single syllable of "Chance" makes "Hazard" a lower class word. The meaning of "hazard" and "chance" in English is the same - luck. Indeed, it is luck of sorts that separates these two words: the circumstances of origin - of birth - create differing class allegiances.

  1. Consider the dramatic impact and importance of the "French Lesson"

    This shows the strength of the relationship between them. The boy's French is stilted in idiomatic terms for comic effect. This is good because it emphasizes the jokes and euphemistic tone of the boys and Hector. For example: "Ici on appellle un chat un chat" The fact that the boys

  2. "Compare and explore the notion of 'status' and 'power' in No One Writes to ...

    his wife. The political ideals in the two novels are both important to the plot and to understanding the characters and their motives. In both novels, socialism is the political ideal. There are some communist references, particularly the use of "Compa´┐Żero" in The House of Spirits and "friend" in No

  1. In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald creates a climactic confrontation in Chapter 7 between Gatsby ...

    he ?believed in the green light.? Gatsby is characterised here by Nick as a romantic hero who steadfastly holds on to his dreams. However, both Daisy and the American Dream are inextricably linked to money in the novel and this is the key factor that corrupts Gatsby?s ?incorruptible? dream.

  2. The love of money is the root of all evil. Discuss in detail the ...

    Grace Poole is portrayed as a woman who is almost obsessive over money; Antoinette, even in her state of confusion and instability, notices Grace ?counting money? and even noting how ?she holds a gold piece in her hand and smiles.? This particular emphasis on Grace?s action characterizes her as someone

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work