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Athol Fugards drama Master Harold And The Boys was written during a time of great conflict in South Africa where he was raised Fugard was torn between his mother who was Afrikaaner 1291 and his father who was of English decent 1291 These differing influences caused Fugard to use the discussions between Sam and Hally to demonstrate the religious racial and political tensions of his lifetime in South Africa The discussion between Sam and Hally about who was a man of magnitude 1300 represents the religious tensions of Fugards lifetime in South Africa between the growing belief in evolution and Jesus Christs teaching of Creation Hally says that Charles Darwin was a man of magnitude 1300 because he was somebody who benefited all mankind 1301 He admires Darwin for his Theory of Evolution 1301 which according to Hally proves where we come from and what it all means 1301 Sam totally disagrees with Darwins Theory of Evolution 1301 because evolution is in contrast to the Bibles teaching on Creationism and he says that just because it is in a book it does not mean hes got to believe it 1301 Sam believes that Jesus Christ 1302 was a man of magnitude 1300 Hally is obviously against Sams suggestion of Jesus Christ because Hally makes it clear that he is an atheist 1303 This disagreement between Sam and Hally is really just an example of the religious tensions in South Africa during Fugards lifetime between the Theory of Evolution 1301 which was becoming more accepted and Christianity which was taught by Jesus ChristA second discussion between Sam and Hally that occurs after Hally learns that his father has gone home demonstrates the racial tensions of Fugards lifetime in South Africa When Sam starts lecturing Hally about how he treats his father Hally becomes angry and tells Sam that he is treading on dangerous ground 1321 Hally also tells Sam that his mother is
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