What are the themes of the novel "To Sir With Love" by E.R. Braithwaite? Can you all also include some critical thinking about the themes.
In the novel “To Sir, with Love,” by E. R. Braithwaite (Edward Ricardo) there are several themes which interweave within the story. One of the main themes I prejudice in this post war England setting. Braithwaite is a college graduate and an ex military man. His desire is to work as an engineer, but there isn’t anyone that will hire him to supervise a job because he is black. The idea of prejudice is not new to any black man alive but what strengthens this theme is that Braithwaite also is guilty of reverse prejudice toward some of his students. Another important theme in this novel is the theme of human relations and the always complicated teacher-student relations. As a teacher myself I can identify with the daily struggle of trying to meet the student’s needs, but at the same time, not crossing the line between the student- teacher relationships. The setting is London in 1947 and the country is still recovering from the war. Braithwaite’s 8 month autobiographical novel is very relevant and still makes the reader look within to examine where he/she stands on these themes.
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