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Fly another kite, I suppose. It worked once, and this time I need it as much as you do. At first it isn't really clear why he'd do such a thing—why spend all the time making a kite and then miss out on the fun of flying it?

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You explained how to get it down, we tied it to the bench so that I could sit and watch it, and you went away. I wanted you to stay, you know. I was a little scared of having to look after it by myself. Quietly I had work to do, Hally.

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We learn the truth later on in the play: I couldn't sit down there and stay with you. It was a 'Whites Only' bench. You were too young, too excited to notice then. If you're not careful…Master Harold…you're going to be sitting up there by yourself for a long time to come, and there won't be a kite in the sky. Only after Hally's ugly outburst does he explain it all. He sees Hally falling into a racist mindset and wants to warn him that it will just lead to more shame and no kite to rescue him from it.

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You know what that bench means now, and you can leave it any time you choose. All you've got to do is stand up and walk away from it. The play puts South African apartheid on the stage, with one young, white character lording it over two older black men. Fugard shows the deep racial wounds that plagued South Africa in the s under the apartheid system through the interactions between the characters.

Hally has felt closer to Sam than almost anyone in his life. Sam's been a surrogate father to him. But this becomes overshadowed by the status differences between the races that the apartheid system has created and that Hally expresses as the play progresses. Critic Patrick O'Neil said that apartheid had the ability to corrupt peoples' psyches, souls, and relationships. Sam's spent his life teaching Hally to be tolerant, and think about how he gets repaid. Fugard asks us whether as individuals, we're able to overcome attitudes and prejudices that we're taught from the time we're born and that are institutionalized by the society we live in.

The official apartheid system wasn't abolished until the s, so by the time Fugard wrote the play, the system was nearing its end but was still the law of the land. Questions About Race 1.

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How does the bench in the kite story symbolize race in the play? What has their race had to do with the way each character's life has turned out? Why do you think that Fugard set the play in when he wrote it in? Why does Hally tell Sam that his father is his boss? Only an exceptional person would be able to break out of racial attitudes that they've been spoon-fed in school and at home. If their roles were reversed, Sam would probably behave just like Hally; they are a product of the system regardless of their personal relationship.

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To the jukebox I do it better with music. You got sixpence for Sarah Vaughn? Shaking his head It's your turn to put money in the jukebox. I only got bus fare to go home. They don't even have enough money for the jukebox, and how much could that be? We're not experts in the South African exchange rate in , but we'd guess less than a nickel. So right off the bat we see that Sam and Willie are very poor, that their opportunities are really limited. As we get to know them, these limits feel even more unfair.

I mean, seriously, what the hell does a black man know about flying a kite? Hally doesn't seem to see how offensive this comment might be. It's just a fact, in his mind. We can read between the lines and interpret a little bit, too: He has to leave the kite behind and get down to it. Of course, we find out later the real reason Sam couldn't stay. Little white boy in short trousers and a black man old enough to be his father flying a kite. It's not every day you see that. Because the one is white and the other black? Would have been just as strange, I suppose, if it had been me and my Dad…cripple man and a little boy!

What do you think about Hally's comment that it would have been just as strange with his "crippled" father? Is Fugard implying that blackness in apartheid South Africa is a crippling handicap?

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She's always warning me about allowing you to get too familiar. HALLY is trying hard to get one And as far as my father is concerned, all you need to remember is that he is your boss. The rest of the world, like Hally's mom, disapproves of their closeness and Hally, stressed out about his family problems, is starting to adopt society's view.

Hally uses his father's racial "superiority" as a reason that his father is also Sam's boss. There's no other explanation needed for white superiority than the simple fact that you're white. His dad calls Willie and Sam "the boys," as though they were children. Usually, when a boy identifies with his father, it's a good sign he's growing up into an adult. In an apartheid society, though, it's not good news. He gives out a big groan, you see, and says: The men stare at him with disbelief [. You see, fair means both light in color and to be just and decent. His explanation of the unfunny joke is ironic—by using the words "just and decent" he's just calling attention to how unjust and indecent he's being.

Race Quote 8 SAM.

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You've never seen it. Do you want to? A real Basuto arse…which is about as nigger as they can come. Trousers up By physically dropping his pants and mooning Hally, he is calling him out on his terrible joke, making the ugly words real. He says he has a real Basuto behind, which is a reference to his tribe, reappropriating Hally's hateful, generalizing reference and showing pride in and knowledge of his heritage. Sam's counting on his relationship with Hally to let him take the risk of doing this.

He knows he could be thrown in jail for disrespecting a white man. Race Quote 9 SAM stops and looks expectantly at the boy. HALLY spits in his face. He hides inside of his whiteness, which protects him from societal disapproval but not from the pain of being an unjust and indecent human being. Here, that usage draws a clear line between the black men and Hally; they are brothers who must defend themselves against their oppressor. When he dismisses Hally as a little boy, he adds in the further adjective, in italics, of "white," as though it were further evidence of Hally's ignorance.

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