Jean Brodie and The History Boys

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The History Boys and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Character Connections

Name of Characters
Similarities
Quotes to Illustrate Similarities

Hector and Miss Brodie
Both are teachers who display somewhat extravert and unusual teaching methods, which may be deemed as inappropriate by some.
HISTORY BOYS
JEAN BRODIE

“I would call these lessons A Waste of Time”- doesn’t follow/agree with the school curriculum.

“The hitting never hurt. It was a joke. None of us cared. We lapped it up”- inappropriate teaching style”

Entirely of ‘French’ classroom scene- says it’s to ‘utilisent le subjonctif ou le conditionnel’- but the nature of the situation (a brothel) may be seen as inappropriate for a classroom.
“irrelevant to the authorised curriculum”

“…as had the love lives of…and Miss Brodie herself”- very personal (too) relationship with the girls.

“That is incorrect. The answer is Giotto, he is my favourite”- dismisses any other answer aside her own, not actually teaching them.

“If there are any intruders, we are doing our history lesson…our poetry…English grammar”- gets the girls to cover for her side tracking.

Irwin and Joyce Emily
Both are new/outsiders and want to be accepted in some regard by their respective groups (the Brodie set/Hectors boys)
(says ‘shell-shocked’ in French which Hector did not know how to say)
“Hector: Comment?” Then there is a pause- awkwardness/hostility between Hector and Irwin.

“Dakin: Don’t think we’re shocked by your mention of the work ‘foreskin’ sir”- Dakin (as the leader of the group) is already putting Irwin down and unwilling to accept him- some form of loyalty towards Hector?

“whose fame rested on her being a silent lump, a nobody whom everybody could blame”

“…was trying very hard to get into the famous set, and thought two names might establish her as something”

‘ ”Well, we must be on our way my dear” ’ (JB to JE) - Miss Brodie dismisses her, doesn’t want any intruders in her

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