Master Harold... and the Boys Essay

964 Words Oct 15th, 1999 4 Pages
Athol Fugard's drama, "Master Harold" . . . And The Boys, was written during a time of great conflict in South Africa, where he was raised. Fugard was torn between his mother, who was "Afrikaaner," (1291) and his father, who was "of English decent" (1291). These differing influences caused Fugard to use the discussions between Sam and Hally to demonstrate the religious, racial, and political tensions of his lifetime in South Africa. <br><br>The discussion between Sam and Hally about who was "a man of magnitude" (1300) represents the religious tensions of Fugard's lifetime in South Africa between the growing belief in evolution and Jesus Christ's teaching of Creation. Hally says that Charles Darwin was "a man of magnitude," (1300) because …show more content…
This is the first noticeable statement that Hally makes that demonstrates the racial tensions experienced in South Africa. The next racial statement Hally makes is when he tells Sam that his father is his boss because "he's a white man and that's good enough for [him]" (1322). Hally then takes things even further by commanding Sam to "start calling [him] Master Harold" (1323). Hally tells Sam that if he doesn't follow this command that he "might just lose [his] job" (1323). Hally really makes matters worse when he tells Sam his father's favorite joke. His father would ask Hally, "It's not fair, is it, Hally" (1323)? Then Hally would ask, "What, chum" (1323)? Then his father would say, "A nigger's arse" (1323). Another example of the racial tensions during the argument is made when Sam points out that when Hally's father got drunk at a bar, that Hally had to go "in first . . . to ask permission" (1325) for Sam to be able to go in to get his father. A final and the most noticeable example of the racial tensions in South Africa is made by Sam when he informs Hally about the reason why he didn't stay with him the day they flew the kite. Sam tells Hally that the bench he had sat on was a "Whites Only" (1325) bench and Sam wasn't allowed to sit on it. All of these examples are used to represent the racial tensions that were present in Fugard's lifetime in South Africa.<br><br>The final discussion between Sam

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