Maestro Practice Essay
Prompt: ‘In ‘Maestro’, neither Paul nor Keller are wholly admirable characters’ In the novel ‘Maestro’, Paul and Her Keller are not wholly praiseworthy characters. While Paul and Her Keller are considered to have many commendable qualities, neither one of them are presented in a fully positive light, they are also revealed to have similar negative characteristics. Goldsworthy’s book depicts this as it shows the arrogance of both Keller and Paul. Criticality is also one of the traits that Paul and Keller both share, being highly critical of each other. They also have their own individual faults, such as how Paul is deemed immature in the beginning of the book. Keller is also flawed by the sorrow of his past life, and how it affected his new life in Darwin. Arrogance is a quality that both Paul and Keller share. Paul’s smugness is displayed in the novel in many forms. For one he thinks he is ‘better at playing the piano than anyone else’, although he is overshadowed by his maestro and his teachings. We also see his smugness in his first real encounter with Rosie, his girlfriend, “I breathed into Rosie’s ear, feeling carnal, arrogant, and invulnerable”. Paul’s arrogance towards these new feelings for Rosie shows that he is coming to terms with his immaturity and embraces it. Keller is also depicted as arrogant with the way he thought of the situation of his family in Austria when his wife and son were murdered. “Who would harm the wife of Eduard Keller?”. This shows that Keller poorly misjudged the fact that just because he was a famous piano player no one would harm his family, his arrogance and ego got in the way of his thinking. Paul and Keller’s critical nature towards each other evidently blinds them both about one another. Paul’s self-absorption is emphasised by categorising Keller as a ‘Nazi’, despite knowing ‘almost nothing about him’. This is the older Paul’s greatest regret, as it inhibited the young Paul’s relationship with...
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