"Master Harold"...and the boys
Sam and Willie work for Hally's mother at her Tea Room (similar to a Cafe). One of the play's more powerful quotes is "He's a white man and that's good enough for you." When Sam and Hally argue, Hally m ...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
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
This is a powerful play about apartheid, and racism in general (it could be reset in the U.S. any time between 1877 and the late 1960's without losing any of its effectiveness); without any scene changes, it takes place in one room in real time, with three characters, a 17 year old white boy named Hally (Master Harold) and two Black servants, Sa ...more
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?"
"The Boys" are middle-aged black men who work for Hally's family in their tea shop.
In the course of a single, rainy afternoon Hally straddles the line between the innocent boy he was and the man he is becoming. This play is a coming-of-age story that is unique in the way it addresses the question "What if the person you're becoming isn't who you want to be?"
In such a sh ...more
That being said, I did like the dynamic between Harold and Sam. It made for inter ...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.
The main thing ...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
"And it's beautiful because [dancing] is what we want life to be like. But instead, like you said, Hally, we're bumping into each other all the time. ... None of us know the steps and there's no music playing. And it doesn't stop with us. The whole world is doing it all the time. Open a newspaper and what do you read? America has bumped into Russia, England is bumping into India, rich man bumps into poor man. Those are big collisions, Hally. ...more
The style is magnificent, not only because of the philosophical questions explored, but also because of the lesson ...more
I was wrong. This hour-and-change production held my focus thro ...more
I was reading this for my World Lit class, it's something I never would've chosen myself and while I give it a 4/5 stars, it's not something I probably would've ever just picked up for pleasure.
There was brilliant writing in this play along with immensely powerful emotion. I really liked Road to Mecca, also by Fugard. I felt involved with the conflict and overall it was a pleasant read for school.
If I was rating it purely based on enjoyment factor, as if it were just a b ...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
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