in the history boys, what will the audiences reaction be to Hector at the end of act 1?

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By the End of Act 1, What May Be the Audiences Opinions of Hector? One of the obvious opinions that the audience may have for one of Bennett’s main characters, Hector, the eccentric general studies teacher with an educational philosophy of enrichment, would be disgust and an uneasy sensation after having learnt of his inappropriate relationship with the namesake boys. Though in the first act of the play, nothing is specifically admitted, though it is heavily suggested; for example, “A hand on a boy’s genitals at fifty miles an hour, and you call it nothing?”. In my opinion, the fact that, though his behaviour has not only been recognised by other teachers, but has actually been called upon by Felix, and still he makes no move to take responsibility for his actions, choosing instead to respond with wit and imaginative quotes. This influences comedy within the play in two ways, one of which in the use of emotional disengagement, in which he reflects the conversation away from himself and his mistakes- “The transmission of knowledge is in itself an erotic act. In the Renaissance…”. The second effect on the comedic aspect of the text would be playfulness used throughout, belittling serious subjects and acting as if there’s nothing wrong with what had been happening by mocking them or not taking any particular action against them/ to fix them. On the other hand, however, the thing that makes myself, as a reader, truly uncomfortable is the sympathy that I feel for the Hector, when in reality, I know that I should not. The audience may feel pity for his character because of his implied loveless marriage: “I’m not sure that she’d be interested”. This gives the impression that Hector is a very isolated character, who has nobody he can really turn to, as his wife doesn’t care what he has to say, when he seemingly needs somebody the most, as he comes to terms with his own sexuality, as well as several other characters within the play. This enhances the comedy genre...
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