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Athol Fugards Master Harold and the Boys is much more than merely an exploration of the concepts of racism and apartheid. Through character action and constructed symbolism it can be seen that this play is also a recreation of the life of Chri

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Juan Silgado Thesis master Harold Period 3 Chang 12/3/09 * Athol Fugard's "Master Harold"... and the Boys is much more than merely an exploration of the concepts of racism and apartheid. Through character action and constructed symbolism it can be seen that this play is also a recreation of the life of Christ. Support: -Three main characters (trinity) -Sam and Hally suffered for other people (due to apartheid) -Hally suffered for the sins of his father -Spiting in Sam's face symbolic of crucifixion -Sam and Hally becoming friends again at the end is symbolic of rebirth * Athol Fugard's "Master Harold"... and the Boys uses dialogue to represent the mechanics of character development. ...read more.

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* Through Fugard's implementation of dialogue and symbolism the true homosexuality of Sam is revealed. * Through the historical allusions and character action it can be deduced that Sam is a recreation of Gandhi. Like Gandhi Sam is peaceful and a pacifist in moments of violence, he like Gandhi uses this to get across his message. * Hally's interaction with all the characters in the play reveal that he suffers from Dissociative identity disorder. Hally shows symptoms of this disorder because his personality changes dramatically after talking to his mom. He shows three different personalities after talking to his mom. * Fugard implements the Dance as a Symbol of a Utopian society. ...read more.

Conclusion

and the Boys has a much bigger focus then just racism and apartheid but it also has a great focus on friendship with struggles. Fugard uses many symbols throughout this play, but by far the most crucial one to the story is the kite. The kite itself is a synopsis of the play and the friendship. * Fugard and Isben both use a situation in society as a catalyst to develop their plot and characters. In "Master Harold"... and the boys apartheid is the catalyst and in A Doll's house women's rights in society is the catalyst. Both of these catalysts are seen due to the diction used by the characters. In "Master Harold"... and the boys there is a greater use of Ebonics which provokes a greater sympathy for the characters in this play then in A Doll's house. ...read more.

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