"To Sir, with Love" addresses many issues, but above all the novel offers hope". How far do you agree with this statmentissues based on prejudice, incompatibility, rejection, unemployment,...

"To Sir, with Love" addresses many issues, but above all the novel offers hope". How far do you agree with this statment

issues based on prejudice, incompatibility, rejection, unemployment, education and equality

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The novel does a wonderful job of expressing the inherent hope of the opportunity ideology.  This ideas stresses that education is critical in being able to rise in personal and social condition and that barriers that might exist in an embedded manner can be overcome, provided that one fully commits themselves to their studies and seeks to operate within the system.  While the novel does address issues of discrimination and neglect, it does offer hope in the idea that teachers can believe in the promises and possibilities of their students and children can hold absolute faith in the idea that someone in the position of power and authority will validate their voices as they navigate through the pitfalls and trials of adolescent maturation.  The depiction as the teacher of one who believes that the installation of life values is of critical importance to the successful being of their students is a hopeful one.  It is one that sees education as a molding process, one that helps to develop strength in character and emotional development.  Mr. Braithwaite is one of those characters, like Mr. Keating from "Dead Poet's Society," to whom every teacher aspires in some form or another.  In this idea, one sees the concept of hope emerging into a realm of conceiving of what is into what can be.