Key Themes in the History BoysWe look at and answer a number of key themes with the play. How does each teacher represent contrasting educational philosophies? We examine how Hector, Irwin and Mrs Lintott teach and how the boys respond to their different methods of teaching. How is the theme of history explored in the play? We examine how time jumps around in the play and discussions about historical events. Does Bennett give a bleak view of sex and sexuality? How relationships and love are described and affect the characters and the role of Mrs Lintott in an all male dominated play.