Essay on Master Harold...and the Boys
He learns that his crippled, alcoholic father, who is as destructive to his son as he is to himself, is about to be released from the hospital. Hally's father's afflictions make Hally the symbolic heir to the crippled, ineffective society of apartheid. Frustrated over the return of this father, the play transforms into an all out racial conflict.
Hally takes his anger out on Sam and Willie, tearing their dreams concerning the competition apart. He mocks their goals, and becomes cynical