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In Master Haroldand the Boys Fugard shows us the human potential for racism and social unrest in all of us Through the use of metaphor he paints a picture of the present state of human relations He reveals the psychoses inherent within the human condition that make racism and political strife possible At the same time Fugard also reveals how simple it is to resolve humankinds problems of hate prejudice and oppression This simplistic revelation optimistically intends to convey how illogical and absurd it is not to seek and maintain interpersonal political and interracial peace and goodwill The principal metaphor that Fugard uses in Master Harold and the Boys displays a microcosm of relationships among people or groups of people This microcosm is demonstrated by the activity on a ballroom floor namely at the Eastern Province Open Ballroom Dancing Championships for which Willie is practicing This microcosm may be seen in different manners and different levels On page 46 Sam illustrates his idealized scenario of this microcosm on a universal level as he explains to Hally that collisions do not take place at the championships And its beautiful because that is what we want life to be Sam then goes on to illustrate the real-life scenario on a personal level explaining interpersonal disagreements as collisions on the ballroom floor such as collisions among Sam Willie Hally his mother and his father Expanding this metaphor to the international level Sam proceeds to talk about how America bumps into Russia and about England bumping into India Making sure not to deny the obvious it would be wise to assume that Fugard intended to address the racial aspect of this microcosm Within this principal metaphor are contained symbols that represent the certain elements which often stand in the way of the idealized scenario of peace among people One thing that gets in the way of Willies progress in learning the foxtrot is that
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