Study Guide

Master Harold... and the boys Genre

By Athol Fugard

Genre

Drama, Coming-of-Age

Well, "Master Harold"…and the boys is a play so…it belongs in the drama category. Got it? Good. But don't quit reading yet. We can give that genre a little flair and call it a coming-of-age drama. Who's all grown up? Well, he's not quite done yet, but Hally's in the oven and on his way to becoming Master Harold. The problem is that it's an ugly process; he's at risk of becoming a bigoted adult, someone who buys into his society's expectations for him. He gets a huge lesson in the course of the afternoon and maybe, just maybe, will learn some compassion.

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