Master Harold and the Boys Essay
“Master Harold and the boys” - Athol Fugard
Mid 1950's in South Africa, a country in continuous turmoil by racism and segregation. Athol Fugard brings his play to life, by using symbolic metaphor techniques with a driving story of a young teen (Harold Hally) going through personal and family difficulty with his two colored servants (Sam Semala) and (Willie Malopo), this piece emphasizes more than the general issue of racism, it describes how sparks of hope can influence an individuals perception, altering beyond the limit of color, it emphasizes the value of family and friendship, with its fair share of struggle.
Harold Hally, the main protagonist and the youngest of the three. Hally is a young naive white teen that doesn't
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Shocked, Hally couldn't believe that it actually flew. This became the metaphoric way of giving Hally hope in future liberation, and future freedom from social inequality among the races. Making Hally and Sam more close as father and son. This all backfires when at the end of day, while Willie, Sam and Hally are enjoying themselves laughing and discussing what the dance competition will be like for Willie, a phone call interrupts them. It's Hallys' mother, who tells him that his father will be returning from the hospital and expects to be home from the coffee shop. Furious with this action, Hally rants on about the truth of how he feels towards his father and how things will go from bad to worse all over again. His mother not being able to cope with Hallys' attitude and anger, puts his father on the phone. Automatically Hallys' attitude changes, it become a fake nice personality for his father. Showing his real fear towards his crippled father, honestly trying to appease his father on the phone. Once the conversation ends and Hally gets off the phone, his rage suddenly shifts towards Sams' dream, no longer believing in hope he starts to go on a rant on how everything is wrong, nothing will ever be right, then brings his father into his rant. Insulting his father constantly, Sam tries to stop him from saying regrettable words. This only enrages Hally more, to the point where his anger turns on Sam. Using his formal authority