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The character of Irwin in "The History Boys".

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´╗┐Irwin Irwin has a liberal approach to teaching. His views contrast dramatically with Hectors and this causes some conflict in the play, ?It?s a question of tone, surely. Tact.? (p.71) His strategy of teaching is the key to the boys success, proving his modern approach to triumph. His attempts to impress the boys subtly reflect his insecurity and this is confirmed in the scene between him and Dakin in which he ?takes out his diary? (p.101) just to organise a drink! However he is never presented as a comical figure and throughout the play he gains both the boys and readers respect. ...read more.

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Mrs Lintott also tries to convey this message to Irwin. However Irwin always seems in denial of his sexuality and this could be due to the period, as it would not have been acceptable. 1. Relationship with Hector ? They don?t see eye to eye in their teaching methods. Hectors classes are informal and he believes in preparing the boys for life as opposed to exams ?examination papers are inappropriate? (p.71) whereas Irwin is all about ?turning facts upon their heads? and carries the headmaster?s determination to get them to Oxbridge. The accident that kills Hector instead of Irwin could resemble the fading of his teaching and the growth of Irwins. ...read more.

Conclusion

Irwin shows that he can fool people as he clearly does to ?electorates? in his job in the government-advising MPs how to sell a nasty bill that would restrict trial by jury. Irwin recognises the fact (with contentment) that His type of teaching is the future and Hectors is dying. Irwin seems to feel satisfied by thinking ?that there is no time for his (Hectors) kind of teaching anymore? (p. 109) this perhaps reflects on how Irwin feels about his own teaching style; Irwin is presented as being cynical, especially towards Hector throughout the play. Irwin is constantly encouraging the boys to lie- ?Lying?s good isn?t it??(p.99) this gives the impression that he is a liar and maybe slightly manipulative. ...read more.

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