Identity in Wasp Factory and History Boys

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Both Banks and Bennett explore identity in their respective novel/play, although both using differing methods to present their ideas and perspectives. For the authors the formation of identity is massive aspect of the growth of an individual through their adolescence, and is the most prominent focus for both Banks and Bennett. Throughout their works both writers explore the many aspects of identity, with a primary focus on the conflict of identities and how this can challenge an individual, and this is explored with the many elements of identity, such as the formation of identity and the importance of education during this stage, how gender plays into someone’s identity, and even aspects of religion. Neither Banks nor Bennett makes a conclusive statement on a definitive cause of the formation of identity, although it can be argued that each work infers a definitive influencer on identity, with both authors choosing a somewhat nurture over nature stance on personal growth although the balance of the formation of identity is differing between the character that is being discussed.
For almost all characters within the works education is the most aspect of their identity in some way. For the boys in “The History Boys” education defines them in that they are all school boys, they are defined by what they do, this is similar for the teachers in the play also, this is contrasting to Frank in “The Wasp Factory”, who is ultimately defined not by his education, but specifically his lack thereof. The characters of both works are in some way changed by their identity, and specifically a focus can be placed on Frank and Dakin. Frank is educated in some ways by his father, and this ultimately influence much of his mannerisms, and Dakin although being taught by both Hector and Irwin, seems to primarily favour Irwin’s education to influence his own. For Frank, this influence is…...

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