a white boy, Hally, standing with eyes downcast in the center with two black men, Sam and Willie, standing on either side of him

"MASTER HAROLD" . . . and the Boys

by Athol Fugard

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How would you describe Harold's relationship to Sam and Willie when he was still young in "MASTER HAROLD" . . . and the boys? What is the difference in their relationship now that he is older?

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In "MASTER HAROLD" . . . and the boys, Hally's relationship with both Sam and Willie was close when Hally was young. Hally would often hide under the bed in Sam and Willie's room so that his mother would not find him. Sam and Willie would play games with Hally and tell him stories. Hally would teach Sam the lessons that he learned in school. When Hally was young, he did not really understand the reason why he was not allowed in Sam and Willie's room, which his mother would refer to as "the servants' quarters." But now that Hally is seventeen, he understands that racial segregation is woven into South African society. However, Hally still desperately wants a father-figure, and Sam has been that father-figure for him all along. Hally wants to continue to be close with Sam and Willie, but he is torn by the strictures of society and the racist teachings of his father, causing distance in the relationship.

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