"Master Harold"...and the boys
Set in a tea room in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, it shows us the relationship between three characters: Hallie, the seventeen year old white son of the tea room’s owners, and Sam and Willie, the two black employees who work there. All three are richly fleshed out; they are real in their faults and aspirations, and at different times we appreciate, sympathize with, and shake our heads at each of them....more
His symbolism though understated is nevertheless powerful, and compelling events such as the kite flying scene are rightfully well known, not only for their metaphysical importance but also for the simplicity of the human drama that they convey.
The play is oblique at times, but all the more powerful as a result, as it focuses the audience or read...more
This is one of the most perfect plays I've had the pleasure of reading. The play follows Hally, a 17 year old white boy with a crippled, alcoholic father, substituted in his childhood by the other characters in the play: two black servants named Sam and Willie. Hally is an extremely accurately written 17 year old with privilege: he's clever, but not so clever as he believes, and a bit of a know it all. However, he's had his share of troubles, and is a deeply hurt child. Sam is extremely intellig...more
At first, I could not understand why someone would write a story where nothing actually happens, but after some thought I could see why Fugard has credit as a playwright. The kite metaphor used in the play is certainly an accomplished metaphor because the play would not be much without.
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I was wrong. This hour-and-change production held my focus thro...more
So basically, this is an important play because it talks about the prevalence of racism after the laws have been changed. Equality doesn't appear with the signing of a bill and racism still exists, as well as classism and the entitlement of the white patriarchy. More people should read this play and it should be in every high school classroom.
Only problem- I hated the character Hally and I hated reading about h...more
If you have any sense of what has happened in South Africa in the past twenty years or so, this is for you. If you need a good play with only three characters, well then yeah, this works as well.
I really loved looking at the language and the way the playwright inserted metaphors that seemed to relate to apartheid in some way (such as, when Hally says to Willie who accuses him of playing checkers unfairly: "It was for your own benefit, Mr. Malopo, which is more than being fair" it reminded me of the allegations by proponents of apartheid that it was for everyone's benefit).
Hally: "Philosophers have been trying to do that for centuries. What is Art? What is life? But basically I suppose it's...the giving of meaning to matter."
Sam: "Nothing to do with beautiful?"
This was a piece which I read in one sitting; found myself questioning the validity of; and finally wholly moved by, and ready to re=read immediately.
The style is magnificent, not only because of the philosophical questions explored, but also because of the lesson...more
Athol Fugard was born of an Irish Roman Catholic father and an Afrikaner mother. He considers himself an Afrikaner, but writes in English to reach a larger audience. Hi...more
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