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Master Harold and the boys by Athol Fugard is based the relationship between Hally a 17-year-old white boy and Sam and Willie two black men As Hally falls victim to the attitudes of white supremacy and racial intolerances accompanying Apartheid policy their lifelong friendship is destroyedIts a bloody awful world when you come to think of it People can be real bastards Hally pp 15 This bloody awful world this quote is referring to is an example of ignorance and the passiveness of its participants The idea of whites being of a superior intellectual class to blacks a prejudice that still pervades modern society emerges from the play as one of the predominant themes A example of this can be seen when Hally and Sam argue over the value of ballroom dancing Hally fails to recognize its simplistic beauty and consequently claims the activity to be a simple-minded expression of primitive black society However Sam is able to convincingly refute Hallys prejudiced argument Thus the injustice of such prejudice is highlighted as the white Hally is revealed to be the black Sams intellectual inferior Racial segregation shows a notion of white supremacy This is explicitly reflected in the flying of the kite a metaphor that shows how the obstacle of segregation can be overcome to form racial harmony The kites successful flight implies to the reader that this barrier has been overcome However the fact that Sam is unable to join Hally on the whites only bench in later in the book indicates how racism can split friendships in half Another example of racialism is witnessed when Hally and Sam are recalling their days in the Jubilee Boarding House I got another rowing for hanging around the servants quarters Hally pp 25 The tone in the play is very much on the optimistic side when it comes to the future This is not the case for the tone of the play in
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