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Posner - The History Boys

Character Analysis of David Posner from Alan Bennett's 'The History Boys'

Dan Johnson

on 20 January 2013

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Transcript of Posner - The History Boys

Lessons he learns -“I'm a Jew... I'm small... I'm homosexual... and I live in Sheffield... I'm fucked.”
-“Yes, it's a phase. Who says I want it to pass? But the pain, the pain.”
-“I'm not happy but I'm not unhappy about it.”
Self critical of himself and What he says about himself -“Posner envied Dakin…that this envy might amount to love does not yet occur to Posner”
-“…he knew that Irwin looked at him (Dakin) too and wanted him to say so…he just wanted company”
- set apart in his sexuality which reflects his loneliness in the play.
What other characters say about him Passive
Viewed as youngest in the group
Passionate (love for Dakin and his acting/singing)
"Oh Scrippsy. I can't bear to listen, but I want to hear every word. What does that mean?" Qualities/personality traits The History Boys Posner -“I want to get into Cambridge, sir. If I do Dakin might love me. Or I might stop caring”
-“He lives alone in a cottage” and has “…long since stopped asking himself where it all went wrong”
Symbolises what he experiences in the play. His desires aren't fufilled (love) and his future life higlights the lack of achievement he endures. Message that he is used to convey Learns that human suffering his neither new nor just subject to him. His unrequited love for Dakin is not the only misery for a character in the play but he doesn't realise this at the beginning.
"...a thought or feeling...which you had thought special and particualr to you...set down by someone else"
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