"Master Harold and the Boys" Analytical Essay by Patricia

"Master Harold and the Boys"
An analysis of the theme of apartheid in "Master Harold and the Boys" by Athol Fugard.
# 64797 | 1,372 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Apr 05, 2006 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis)

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The play "Master Harold and the Boys", was written during the era of apartheid in South Africa by Athol Fugard. The paper discusses how the play portrays the way the white minority in South Africa maintained its dominant position through segregation of the races.

From the Paper:

"One morning, Hally finds Willie and Sam dancing, in preparation for a dance contest. He shouts to them, "Think you stand a chance. Act your bloody age! Cut out the nonsense now and get on with your work. And you too, Sam. Stop fooling around." (18). Hally criticizes Sam when he asks him sarcastically if he really thinks that he is good enough to win a dancing contest. A major theme of White supremacy and Black inferiority is demonstrated in this scene and also in the scene when Hally and Sam argue over the value of ballroom dancing. Hally fails to recognize its simplistic "beauty" (40), and consequently claims the activity to be "simple-minded." "I said it was simple-like in simple-minded, meaning mentally retarded. "

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