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November 8, 2005

A Common English Twist

Bolt, Man For All Seasons Drama As Literature--EL250

English history is the backbone of this entire play. For King Henry VIII break from the Catholic Church to the character Sir Thomas More. Some people see plays like this and Kindertransport as boring plays because a good deal of history is involved. Books on history can only tell you the fact on what happened and not give you the emotions. In fact, this play gives a comedic twist to 16th century England. I think that this can possibly be a way to tell history more effectively. Do you think that student can use plays instead of History books to get a well rounded picture of an event.

Posted by KevinHinton at November 8, 2005 9:49 PM


No, I don't think so Kevin because we have to remember that it is historical fiction. The events and everything are real except for the details so I think that we need the history books just as much as we need the literature books. If somehow you could tie in what students are learning about in History to what you teach in your English class I think that would be very helpful. But then again there are some people (my girlfriend even) that would be confused by the fictional events and the factual events.

Posted by: Sean at November 9, 2005 7:45 AM

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