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English IOP-Master Harold and the boys
Transcript of English IOP-Master Harold and the boys
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?