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Ian Overbaugh Theatre 100 Study Guide PLAYS: Master Harold and the Boys: Autobiographical o Fugard plays ‘Harold’ in Master Harold and the Boys o Character “Sam” is based off his surrogate father figure o Tribute and thank you to “Sam” who died a week before opening day Inciting incident is when Hally finds out his father is coming home Ballroom dancing is a metaphor for life o Life without collisions o It’s not easy to reconcile serious events Ideas o Racism Playwright’s point of view Racism hurts everyone; it is a choice that can damage relationships and cause you to damage others, including loved ones, but you can also hurt yourself Support from the text Sam’s speech near the end about Hally “hurting himself bad…” The ‘Master Harold’ demand hurts both Sam and Hally Hally loses the only father figure he has Willy is racially damaged – he is ordinarily very affected by apartheid Racism weakened Hally so bad while growing up as a man because he threw in the race card; their relationship will never be the same o Fatherhood Playwright’s point of view Fatherhood is about being there, helping the child develop character, teaching life lessons, and showing unconditional love Fatherhood is not about biology alone Support from the text The kite flying story The ballroom dance metaphor for life (used three times in the play) Sam feeds Hally, helps him with his homework, asks him about his day, and helps him through each crisis of the day o Conformity Madame Butterfly: Butterflies commit suicide for love Western Opera written by Puccini about a Chinese woman o Gallimard meets Song and thinks his fantasy is coming true 1
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Ian Overbaugh Theatre 100 Study Guide o Song sustains this fantasy for twenty years and Gallimard says he loves and is loved by the “perfect woman” o Gallimard is in love with this butterly, a fictional character who came to life in Song o He lives his life as if he is Pinkerton, from the opera Themes o Perfect Love What are you doing for love? Traitor to country Imprisonment Embarrassment Be careful what you wish for, you might get it o Nittany Notes - Love Love shown as an illusion and as something that causes pain Gallimard was willing to sacrifice for his perfect love and chose to cling to his illusions of imaginary love instead of facing reality Gallimard could not let go, he can not live in the real world He cannot play Pinkerton anymore because Song is not a woman Gallimard syas he is Butterfly, who sacrificed and loved unconditionally and he must die because that is what Butterfly did in Puccini’s opera Three people were hurt by love Gallimard Song Their son – most often forgotten o Sexism, Racism, and Imperialism Relations between the east/west have been consistently mishandled because of inaccurate information and racism, sexism, and imperialism
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course THEA 100 taught by Professor Mcgregor,annette during the Spring '05 term at Penn State.

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