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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In the play "Master Harold"... and the boys by Athol Fugard, what contrasts and comparisons are there between Hilda Samuels and Hally's mom? Write an analysis in which you compare and contrast the ways in which Hilda Samuels and Hally's mom are portrayed in the play.

Hally's mother and Hilda Samuels can be compared and contrasted based on their relationships with their significant others. Hally's mother appeases her husband, whereas Hilda Samuels does not appease Willie. Hally's mother supports her husband, but Hilda uses the dance competition to show her protest against Willie.

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In "Master Harold". . .and the boys , Hally's mother and Hilda Samuels may be compared and contrasted based on their apparent relationships with their significant others.  Hally's mother appears to appease Hally's father--she does not want Hally to upset him when they speak over the telephone. The reader can...

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In "Master Harold". . .and the boys, Hally's mother and Hilda Samuels may be compared and contrasted based on their apparent relationships with their significant others.  Hally's mother appears to appease Hally's father--she does not want Hally to upset him when they speak over the telephone. The reader can conclude that when the father is home, the mother takes care of his every need (Hally comments that when she is not around, his father makes him empty his chamberpot).  Hally's father appears to be a gruff character, but his mother supports him nonetheless.  

Similarly, Hilda Samuels remains partnered with Willie and the two have a child together even though Willie is physically abusive towards her. He admits that he hits her when she cannot get the dance steps correct, but she has not broken off her relationship with him. However, unlike Hally's mother, Hilda does assert herself and makes her feelings known through her actions.  She has not shown up to dance practice all week, and Sam deduces that since Willie hit her on Sunday, she has not come to practice all week because of the abuse.  She probably knows how important the dance competition is to Willie, so she uses it against him to voice her protest of how he treats her.

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