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And thus while I listened the future became the present unchallenged and all too soon the regretted past Pauls growth to maturity is the central concern of the novel To what extent do you agree with this statement Discuss in relation to the novels themes and issues The central concern of the novel Maestro is definitely the growth to maturity of Paul The issues which arise in the novel such as music relationshipsm love and betrayal all contribute and lead to his development to understanding Music is an on-going and interweaving motif throughout the novel and is also the most important one Music is the glue which bonds many relationships in the novel Paul and Rosies Paul and the bands Paul and Mr Keller and Pauls parents Through music Paul was able to learn a lot - mostly from Herr Keller At the beginning of the novel we are introduced to a young arrogant smug self-congratulatory boy who was proclaimed to be a musical prodigy by his parents At first Paul looks down on herr Keller and his seemingly ridiculous ways Paul had never encountered such an eccentric or bizarre piano teacher before and immediately ridiculed his methods He felt that he was too good to be taught by Herr Keller when in fact it was because he felt belittled by him This arrogance is shown when herr Keller finally lets him play the piano on their 8th lesson He fossicked among his own music for a few moments finally emerging with a copy of The Childrens Bach I played that years ago I protested You are too proud to play it again Its easy Bach is never easy The fact that Paul felt that Bach was too easy shos his arrogance but with Herr Kellers response he is put in his place and must re-evaluate himself Similar events to this occur many times before
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