Analysis Of George Hally 's ' The Quick Step '

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As Sam is showing Willie how to properly perform the quick step, Harold, also known as Hally, enters the scene. Hally is a seventeen year old Caucasian, dressed in school cloths. Hally has just returned from school, which comments on his status compared to the servants. Not only is Hally above them socially, he is also at a higher intellectual level. There are many times in which the men reflect upon a lesson Hally taught them. The way Hally speaks to and treats Sam and Willie as if they were his friends and not his servants. He enjoys their company, regardless of their social status which is a big deal considering the time period the show takes place in. Hally goes to sit down and he notices a bunch of comics left out on a table, for his…show more content…
When told his dad was alright and may even be coming home, Hally freezes. Although he is rattled, the audience does not see Hally’s true thoughts about his dad until his mother calls him the first time. As Hally receives the news of his father’s homecoming, he tells his mom, “…whatever you do, don 't discuss it with him....Because I 'm frightened you 'll give in to him...” (36). Hally’s persistence in keeping his dad from coming home gives the reader the idea that Hally is afraid of his father. After hanging up the phone, he is more agitated and irritable than before. We see a side of Hally that will resurface later in the show, and that is his short temper. As the show continues, Sam and Willie help Hally with his descriptive writing assignment by describing and reenacting the dance competition that is to take place in two weeks. Hally asks Sam what would happen if one couple bumped into another or stumbled during the dance. Sam retorts by saying, “Nobody trips or stumbles or bumps into anybody else. That 's what that moment is all about. To be one of those finalists on that dance floor is like ... like being in a dream about a world in which accidents don 't happen” (50). Hally is stunned by the beauty of this metaphor and so is the reader. But this statement means more than just the beauty it presents. It represents the dream of peace everyone shares around the world. Sam could not have put it better when he says, “…we 're bumping into each other all the time… The
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