"MASTER HAROLD" . . . and the Boys Questions and Answers
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What do the kite/bench and dance metaphors mean in this book? I need quotes to back up an explanation. I need help forming two paragraphs explaining both of these. I need at least one quote as well.

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In the play, dancing represents the only freedom that Willie and Sam, as black men in South Africa, are able to have. They dream of competing in a dance contest, as dancing involves forgetting their troubles and existing in a temporary fantasy world. In the excerpt below, Sam reminds Willie that he must seem romantic when dancing with his partner, Hilda, and must imagine that she is Ginger Rogers: 

SAM: You got it. Tapdance or ballroom, it's the same. Romance. In two weeks' time when the judges look at you and Hilda, they must see a man and a woman who are dancing their way to a happy ending. What I saw was you holding her like you were frightened she was going to run away.

WILLIE: Ja! Because that is what she wants to do! I got no romance left for Hilda anymore, Boet Sam.

SAM: Then pretend. When you put your arms around Hilda, imagine she is Ginger Rogers.

WILLIE: With no teeth? You try.

Hally, the white boy whose mother owns the tearoom where Sam and Willie work, bursts Sam and Willie's...

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