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The literary works Master Harold and the Boys and boy and egg illustrate clearly the device employed by their authors of showing their main characters trapped by their surroundings.

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Introduction

The play "Master Harold and the Boys" is a literary work written by Athol Fugard, a famous South African playwright. It is set in South Africa during the Apartheid government, and deals with themes that portray loneliness, racial discrimination, family and internal conflicts of their main characters. The poem "Boy and Egg" is a literary work written by Naomi Shihab Nye, which deals as well with themes of character�s internal struggles and isolation. Authors of literary works often show characters trapped due to certain situations as a device to highlight the themes in their creations. In both the poem and the play, there are some characters, Hally in the case of "Master Harold and the Boys" and the boy in the case of "Boy and Egg", who appear trapped by several factors, such as the social environment that surrounds them and their emotional struggles, which in the case of Hally are triggered by his past. In both cases, the main characters attempt to resolve their confinement throughout escaping their problems instead of facing them. In the literary work "Master Harold and The Boys", Hally feels trapped in a first instance by the social environment that surrounds him. In the first place, he feels trapped due to his familiar reality. ...read more.

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The boy is inserted in a place with a lot of other kids, but he is rejected due to his age: "So little yet, too forgetful in games". The other kids say he is not capable of playing with them because he is too small. As a result, the boy is faced to isolation and exclusion coming from the society that surrounds him, that in this case are the other kids. The boy therefore feels trapped because he does not know what to do to be included in those games. The boy is looking forward to accept everything it implied, he was even "ready to cry if the ball brushed him". However, instead of insisting the other boys to include him, he decides to someway banish himself and decides to have an egg as a friend. The boy in his action is showing that as a replacement for facing the reality that traps him, he evades it, looking for a solution that does not actually solve his troubles. Despite the egg was enough company for the boy, it definitely does not accomplish the goals that friendship and interaction with others do. In the play "Master Harold and the Boys" Hally feels confined by another important factor: his emotional troubles and his past. ...read more.

Conclusion

These emotional troubles affect him, but the boy escapes from them: he hides these feelings from the other young boys and decides to rely on an egg he takes from the barn as a friend. At the end of the poem, it is expressed that he is "not ready to give it over to the refrigerator". This symbolizes that actually the boy in the poem is not ready to face his problems, since the egg represents somehow the shelter where he protects himself from them. Consequently, the boy is escaping is emotional troubles by evading his reality instead of overcoming his internal conflicts and facing them. The literary works "Master Harold and the Boys" and "boy and egg" illustrate clearly the device employed by their authors of showing their main characters trapped by their surroundings. In both cases, the decision of these characters of how to confront the struggle is the evasion of reality. Characters show incapacity of overcoming hard situations and confronting the truth, just as one does over and over in the everyday life. It is important to emphasize that the evasion of reality many times seems as the easy route to decipher problems, but it is not really this way. The two literary works clearly exemplify that their characters� decision of evasion of reality was not really the best for them, and did not therefore resolve their problems the way they sought. Gabriela Orellana 11�B ...read more.

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