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Comment on the contrast between Sam and Hally's relationship in "Master Harold". . .and the boys, namely Hally's terrible betrayal of Sam at the climax of the play.

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The contrast in the relationship between Sam and Hally near the end of the play occurs primarily because Hally is not mature enough to understand his role in the sociopolitical landscape of 1950 South Africa.  Sam has told Hally that life should be like a perfectly choreographed dance--an ideal that everyone must work towards.  But Hally does not understand that he has...

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