Analysis of the Play, “’Master Harold’…. and the Boys”


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The South Africa and The Apartheid – Analysis of “Master Harold”… and the Boys
The play “Master Harold”…. and the Boys, by Athol
is set in 1950s South Africa right after the commencement of the apartheid policies in South Africa which legalized racial segregation and introduced discriminatory policies against all non-whites in favour of the white minority. The play portrays the impacts of apartheid on those who live under its rule by showing how a young boy, Holly, absorbs and accepts some of its most racists and vile opinions. This paper will examine how
depicts apartheid through the relationship of the three main characters to show how the racist system had major effects of people’s lives as well as their characters. The...
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..... is a forefather of Nelson Mandela and all the activists worldwide who opposed the Apartheid system and who chose to protest and demand change peacefully and abhorrent of any kind of violence. Although Sam does not save Hally from the horrible ways of looking at others he does serve as a sort of a prophet of things to come, and is proven right in the end, to great satisfaction of the reader.
In “Master Harold”…. and the Boys
uses the intimate setting of what appears to be almost a family to show the destructive and terrible consequences on apartheid. The author shows how the disease of racism can easily spread when embedded in apolitical system.
Works Cited
, Athol. “Master Harold”… and the Boys. New York: Vintage Books, 1982.