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English IOP-Master Harold and the boys

For 11th grade IB higher level english

Victoria Bowcutt

on 29 April 2011

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Transcript of English IOP-Master Harold and the boys

International Baccalaureate Program Higher Level English 11 Individual Oral Presentation by Victoria Bowcutt Spring 2011 Sam and Hally's Relationship Analyzed for deeper meaning by use of the literary element of word choice, irony, setting, dialogue, conflict, allusion, theme, flashback, characterization, point of view, and symbolism. Progression: When Hally enters, everyone is cheerful. Hally greets Sam informally: "How's it, chaps?" (Fugard, 9). Word Choice Establishes their relationship as a friendship. Irony Sam calling his supposed Master by his first name emphasizes tone of relationship. Setting Universal, message of book must be applicable everywhere Secluded, Sam & Hally are like exception to rule; they're in their own world Young boy is "Master" of a man-exposes theme of racism Dialogue Hally is very familiar with Sam Hally becomes aggressive when he hears of his father's dismissal from the hospital. Not met with aggression from Sam. Mood calms back down to friendly talk. Conflict Presentation of conflict only causes a small bump in the tone. Hally and Sam have an intellectual debate on "Men of Magnitude" (Fugard, 18). Allusion All the men mentioned relate in some way to racism and the relationship between Sam and Hally. Theme The allusions bring out the underlying theme of racism. The boys go into a frenzy of reciting memories together. Flashback Reveals their intimate history Theme Racism comes out again when Hally mentions their "strange" relationship. Hally has a phone conversation with his mom. He becomes aggressive. Sam tries to keep it positive, and changes the subject to homework. Sam and Willie dance while Hally does his schoolwork. Conflict Again appears, this time more powerful, but it does not erupt because of Sam's patience. Characterization Sam is patient and mature; Hally still has the temper of a child. Hally is still mad; a debate about dancing begins. Turns into topic of Hally's school paper, cheerful discussion ensues. Symbolism Together they analyze the dance to be life- "like being in a dream about a world in which accidents don't happen" (Fugard, 45). Point of View Sam thinks dance is important because he is a black dancer.
Hally, a white non-dancer, views the dance as rubbish. Sam becomes philosophical about the dance and life. Hally admires his wisdom. Symbolism "Learn to dance life like champions instead of always being just a bunch of beginners at it?" (Fugard, 46). The happiness is interupted by phone call with mom. Sam and Willie try to rejuvinate joyful tone. Hally becomes aggressive and goes on an angry rant. Sam tries to stop and talk sense into him. Hally offends Sam and fight ensues. Symbolism Hally tears up dance paper. Characterization Hally not good at dealing with conflicts. Sam is patient and logical until personally insulted. Conflict Fully erupts Hally brings cripples into dance similie Sam argues back. White/black brought up by Hally. Sam tries to forget. Hally asks to be called Master Harold. Theme Hally is no longer overcoming racism. He aggressively acts on white supremacy. Conflict Hally replaces his negative relationship with his father with negative feelings for Sam; he acts as if him and his dad were always fine. Irony Hally is making his relationships appear different than they are in reality. Characterization Hally very brutal and destructive when angry. Sam logical when angry. Sam says "It's me you're after" (Fugard, 56) and shows his butt. Hally spits in Sam's face. Sam yells, rants. Sam says he's failed, but not at what. Brings up a memory of caring for Hally's dad and memory of kite ending with a white's only bench. Theme They have been living with racism forever. Hally is racist when mad. Sam apologizes. Hally is 'helpless'. Sam says there has been a lot of teaching today, Hally has learned that he doesn't "have to sit up there [whites only bench] by himself," he can leave when he wants to (Fugard, 60). Hally walks out. Willie says everything will be okay tomorrow. Sam and Willie dance. Characterization Hally is stubborn
Sam is logical Theme Sam tells Hally he can overcome racism whenever he wants to by choice. Setting Hally walks outside; out of seclusion, into rest of world -> into racism? Fugard's Overall Message?
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