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To Sir, with Love

One of the themes of the novel is the power of education. At the run-down East End school where Braithwaite finds a job as a teacher, the dead-end kids have effectively been written off by society....

Latest answer posted December 16, 2020, 10:36 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

The setting of To Sir, With Love is the East End of London. We learn this from the very first sentence when the author and narrator talks about the traffic surrounding the bus that he is riding in...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2020, 12:35 pm (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

The following are the main characters of the novel To Sir, with Love by E. R. Braithwaite: Ricardo Braithwaite: Ricardo, who is also referred to as “Rick,” is the main character in the story. He...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020, 11:12 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

Since E. R. Braithwaite's To Sir With Love is autobiographical in nature, the central focus of the book is upon Braithwaite's experiences recorded as interior monologue and dialogue with the people...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2011, 1:52 am (UTC)

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One of the most elemental components of the student/teacher relationship in the novel is respect. Braithwaite is able to resist the incessant "teacher baiting" because he displays respect toward...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2015, 1:48 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

The Half-Yearly Report of the Students' Council, an assembly entirely arranged and presented by the students themselves, is held on November 15. Miss Joseph and Denham preside, and the meeting...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2010, 5:19 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

E.R. Braithwaite is a British man who tells the story of his first year of teaching at Greenslade Secondary School. Previously to becoming a teacher, he served six years in the military and after...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2008, 4:54 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

There are several important themes in To Sir, with Love, including the impacts of education, authority, resilience, poverty, and relationships. However, by far the most important theme is the...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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For those who have seen the film, it's difficult not to picture Braithwaite exactly as Sidney Poitier portrays him (with his named changed to Mr. Thackeray). Poitier was the perfect actor for the...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2020, 4:12 pm (UTC)

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Deham represents the traditional British born and bred East Ender that was traditionally found in London's East End 50 to 100 years ago. The East End of London is renowned as being the home of the...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2015, 8:26 am (UTC)

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Mr. Florian is the somewhat eccentric headmaster that we are introduced to in Chapter One of this moving story about education. He presides over Greenslade Secondary School, which is somewhat...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2011, 12:35 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

First published in 1959, E. R. Braithwaite’s book To Sir, With Love has inspired films in not just Hollywood, but in other movie industries as well. The novel’s themes of a teacher reforming an...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019, 2:46 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

The main character in the novel To Sir, with Love is Ricardo "Rick" Braithwaite, a black man from British Guiana. He formerly served in the Royal Air Force (RAF), but when he was released from the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016, 10:35 pm (UTC)

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When Mr. Braithwaite is demobilized from the RAF, he is told by the career advisor that he should have "no difficulty in finding a good civilian job". Mr. Braithwaite has a science degree and...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2009, 7:42 am (UTC)

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I think that one of the most significant elements behind what Braithwaite does to connect with his students is his elemental care. Braithwaite is shown as someone who addresses his students with...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012, 10:26 am (UTC)

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Headmaster Florian is your typical school administrator. He is not necessarily against the students, but understands that the students are an active group that drove the last teacher to leave. He...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2010, 12:10 pm (UTC)

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Pamela Dare is one of the female students in Thackeray's challenging class. She is looked at as the female leader, the girls' counterpart to Denham. While she is fairly instrumental in the class'...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2009, 8:04 pm (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

In E. R. Braithwaite's To Sir with Love, there are two main student characters in the new teacher's class: Pamela Dare and Denham. However, there are also others such as the cheeky Jane Purcell...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2011, 2:42 am (UTC)

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Gillian is important because she helps to provide the background of the world into which Braithwaite is entering. Remember that he is not an originally trained teacher. Presumably, she is. This...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2010, 10:59 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

Alex Florian, also known as Headmaster Florian, is the elderly yet excitable British headmaster of Greenslade School, which is located in East London. The headmaster's excitement comes from the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2019, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

Mr. Braithwaite becomes successful as a teacher by taking charge of the class and establishing an atmosphere of mutual respect. He defines his objectives and role for the students, describing...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2009, 10:38 am (UTC)

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In chapter 1, Mr. Braithwaite is seated in a red double-decker bus making its way through Aldgate. The bus is crowded, and he notes that most of the passengers are charwomen. Mr. Braithwaite...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019, 9:10 pm (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

Chapter 11 of To Sir, With Love is a pivotal one. In this chapter the insolent Denham wants to humiliate Mr. Braithwaite after Mr. Braithwaite tore up his magazine photo of a scantily clad young...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2015, 2:58 pm (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

Mr. Braithwaite first of all establishes an attitude of mutual respect in the classroom. He is a teacher first of all, and his responsibility is to teach his students; in order to do this, he sets...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2009, 8:58 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

The book To Sir, With Love clearly highlights the issue of racial prejudice through the experiences of the central character, Rick Braithwaite. Braithwaite, who had not had problems related to the...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2009, 11:41 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

The teaching method that is demonstrated in To Sir, With Love is unorthodox. Braithwaite’s revised teaching method might be considered akin to “tough love.” For instance, when Pamela Dare enters...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020, 12:44 pm (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

I think that Braithwaite is able to change the students in the way in which they view adult authority figures. For the students at Greenslade, adult authority figures had been viewed with...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2012, 1:16 pm (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

Rick Braithwaite faces a number of conflicts in the book To Sir With Love. One of the foremost is his inability to secure employment after being demobilized from the RAF. Braithwaite is an...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2009, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dale- Evans is the home sciences teacher at the school. She is initially introduced when she comes into the staff lounge and begins cleaning it. Mrs. Dale- Evans is a very welcoming source...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2013, 11:31 am (UTC)

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When Ricky Braithwaite first arrives at the Greenslade School, he is disgusted by the weeds and garbage in the East End neighborhood where the school is located. When he first tours the school, at...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016, 9:30 pm (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

It is the boxing match between Denham and Braithwaite in Chapter Eleven of this excellent novel that finally cements Braithwaite's leadership of the class of youths he tries to teach. This chapter...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2011, 8:13 pm (UTC)

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Weston's characterization in the novel is offered as the veteran teacher who has become burned out due to the demands of his profession. Weston's introduction is one where he is shown to have...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2013, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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One of the strongest and most effective strategies Braithwaite uses in teaching his students is the notion of personal regard. He ends up winning them over because he goes very far in establishing...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2010, 4:34 am (UTC)

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One striking incident involves the replacement P.T. teacher, Mr. Bell. In Chapter 19 of To Sir, With Love, Mr. Florian speaks with Mr. Bell about his caustic remarks to the boys about their smelly...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2012, 1:25 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

To Sir, With Love is the story of a teacher's personal journey from discord with his students to forming a real connection with them. At first, the teacher, Braithwaite, has many sources of...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019, 10:05 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 3, the organized meal time for the students is juxtaposed against their raucous dancing in the afternoon. Mr. Braithwaite accepts the teaching job. At mealtime, Braithwaite notices how...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019, 8:41 pm (UTC)

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When E.R. Braithwaite, who grew up in Colonial England, British Guinea, and has served in the English air-crew service for six years where he had "forgotten or ignored" his color, comes to London,...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013, 4:54 am (UTC)

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To some extent, E.R. Braithwaite's experiences of prejudice awaken a hitherto unrealized racial consciousness. Prior to his arrival in England, he never really considered himself as an outsider, as...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018, 7:43 am (UTC)

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Braithwaite's teaching style involves offering respect to his students. In the beginning, his class is difficult to control and doesn't want to learn. Merely instructing the students isn't good...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019, 8:39 pm (UTC)

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I think that the previous post did a very strong job in articulating Mr. Braithwaite's background. I would only add that I think one of Mr. Braithwaite's personal qualities is what makes him an...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2010, 2:00 am (UTC)

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One of the strongest elements in the work is how other characters relate to Mr. Braithwaite. Since he is the focal point of the work, the central figure and the one to whom our eyes are attracted...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2009, 9:18 pm (UTC)

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After riding a crowded and smelly bus, Mr. Braithwaite arrives at Greenslade Secondary School where he knocks on the door of the Headmaster, Mr. Florian, who greets him warmly, "...we've been...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2011, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 2, Braithwaite, getting ready to start his new job as a teacher, has a chance to look around the school, as the headmaster, Florian, has suggested he do. The general impression he gets...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019, 3:56 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

The title comes from the last scene in the book. Braithwaite has endured a long journey with his students. He has helped in transforming them from rude and discarded youth to mature "productive...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2015, 10:56 am (UTC)

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Chapter 4 of To Sir With Love finds E. R. Braithwaite digressing somewhat from his narrative about the new school where he has just been hired. He reflects upon his eagerness to become a Briton,...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2011, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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There is far more to Pamela's character than the fact that she is in love with her teacher. Pamela is first of all intelligent. In contrast to a number of her classmates, she is a good reader,...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2009, 9:19 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

To Sir, With Love, by E. R. Braithwaite, was written in 1959 and demonstrates the social codes of that time. E. R. Braithwaite based his novel on his own experiences teaching as an African American...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2018, 12:20 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

I would say that one of the critical social problems that is addressed in the book is what education's role can be in understanding social context and how it can be sought to change such...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2010, 9:04 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

In Chapter 5 of To Sir with Love, the narrator describes his difficulties in finding a job. His problem is neither lack of qualifications nor lack of experience; rather, his main problem is his...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2010, 12:20 am (UTC)

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To Sir, with Love

To Sir, With Love is a work based on biographical information from its author, E. R. Braithwaite. The title comes from the inscription his class places on his end-of-year gift after his first year...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2015, 3:07 pm (UTC)

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