peter english essay #3 master harold

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1Peter Bean English 102 April 28, 2006 Susan Blake In Master Harold and the Boys a play by Athol Fugard this story is about Hally, a white young man, and the damage done by growing up experiencing the effects of a disabled parent and alcoholism. The play takes place in South Africa, 1950, in Hally's parents' restaurant. This is where two black servants, Sam and Willie, work for the white family. Sam and Willie have been a part of Hally's upbringing and are close friends. Hally has educated Sam with the knowledge acquired from school textbooks, but Sam has been trying to teach Hally vital lessons necessary for a healthy lifestyle. With a racist environment and a miserable alcoholic as a father, Sam has been a positive role model for Hally. The question would be, could Sam's influence outweigh the negative environment, shaping the confused boy? There are symbols in the play that will show you what the answer will be. In Master Harold and the Boys, you can examine the kite, dance, and disease; these are the symbols that are conflicting forces competing for Hally's future. The kite is an object symbolic of going further and doing more then ever seemed possible to Hally . Even as a child, Hally had a sense of defeat, disappointment, and failure; that is why Sam made him the kite. He wanted the little boy to be proud of something, proud of himself. Sam gave to him the feeling of flying, the idea of climbing high above his shame and defeat. The kite made Hally have thoughts and dreams that exhilarated the depressed boy. This is it, I thought. Like everything else in my life, here comes another fiasco. Then you shouted Go,
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Blake during the Spring '06 term at Mt. Wachusett.

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