40 pages 1 hour read

Athol Fugard

Master Harold and the Boys

Fiction | Play | YA | Published in 1982

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Essay Topics


Compare and contrast “Master Harold”…and the boys with another text with similar themes. Some options could include Saturday Night at the Palace by Paul Slabolepszy or Age of Iron by J.M. Coetzee.


Do some more research into how apartheid functioned in South Africa. How has your research informed your understanding of “Master Harold”...and the boys? Did anything that you learned surprise you?


Why do you think Athol Fugard incorporated so many autobiographical elements in his work? How does knowing about those elements change or inform your perspective on the story?