Exercise 4:Master Harold... and the boys
"Master Harold "…and the Boys is a play that takes place inside the St. George's Park Tea Room on a wet and windy Port Elizabeth afternoon in 1950. There is no customers in the restaurant the place is quiet with only the two native waiters known as Willie and Sam in the restaurant. After a while Hally also known as “Master Harold” enters the tea room arriving from school wet from the rain outside. The play continuously stays focus on the three main characters known as Sam Willie and Master Harrold, they briefly mention Hilda Samuels and Hally’s mother in the play through the play one can compare and contrast these two females from what we hear about them according to the third person, the way they are treated, spoken to and their actions towards the other characters in the play. Hilda Samuels is known in the play as Willie’s dance partner. We come across the fact that she is also the mother of which she says is Willie’s child but he disagrees strongly “And how do I know is my baby?”(Master Harrold...and the boys 5).Hilda never comes to practice when Willie is waiting on her “Three nights now she doesn’t come practise”(Master Harrold...and the boys 5)and in contrast to her Hally’s mother always shows up when her husband who is in hospital needs her ”Because she’s at his bedside in hospital helping him pull through a bad turn”( Master Harrold...and the boys 11). Willie abuses Hilda often he beats her when she does things wrong like not getting her steps right when they practice ballroom dancing which is very often.” You hit her too much” (Master Harrold...and the boys 6) or when she does things he does not like.Whereas Hally’s Mother she is the one who gives the orders”Be firm with him. You’re the boss”( Master Harrold...and the boys 26)and she will not let anybody walk over her, but Hally stongly feels that his father has a way of over powering his mother.”Because I’m...
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