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What is Mr. Braithwaite's character and appearance in To Sir, With Love by E. R. Braithwaite?

Mr. Braithwaite's character in To Sir, With Love becomes known for his kindness and innovative approach to teaching. He is kind and intelligent, and he has an outstanding work ethic. In terms of his appearance, he is Black and always presents a calm and dignified manner.

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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 role, though in the novel Braithwaite apparently speaks with more of a British than an American accent. But apart from outward appearance and speech, the essence of Braithwaite's character is that he's more suited to be a teacher than any of the others who are his colleagues. Braithwaite realizes from the start that he's going to encounter prejudice from both the staff and the students because of his color. Yet he reflects no bitterness about it and seems to react with a calm, rational attitude, even when confronted with the bigoted remarks of a teacher like Weston.

His attitude to the students is partly governed by his understanding of their own form of otherness as working-class people. Braithwaite is the Other but ironically fits in better with the whole academic milieu than the other teachers...

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