Maestro Essay

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“Keller teaches Paul far more than how to be a good musician. Discuss.” In addition to discovering the art of being a good musician, Paul Crabbe learns a great deal about life, and overcoming the hurdles it throws. Eduard Keller, through his musical teaching, inadvertedly challenges Paul is ways which enable him to grow mentally and emotionally. Paul is at a crossroads between childhood and adulthood, and draws on Keller to fulfill his musical goals. However, Paul’s personal discovery is evident in the changes in his character throughout the novel, his relationship with Keller being a prime indication. It is clear that Goldsworthy is deeply disturbed by the sinister nature of the Second World War and the Nazis, and he uses Keller’s experiences to accentuate this. Maestro also explores reality; Paul’s acceptance of failure, and shattering of dreams. Another of Goldsworthy's major concerns is the importance of relationships in Paul’s life; primarily his relationship with the maestro, and secondary with his family and friends. Initially, Paul dislikes Keller's restrictive teaching approach. He objects to not being able to play during the first lessons when he is to 'forget everything' he has 'been taught'. Despite Paul's rebellion and his rejection of Keller's ideas, we as readers see Paul after that first lesson watching the way his parents' little fingers move across the piano, meaning that to some extent Keller is getting through to this boy. Goldsworthy reveals the obstacles Keller must overcome to communicate effectively with Paul. By striving to break the barrier of immaturity and arrogance that Paul’s parents have created for their son through their constant praise, Keller teaches Paul that life isn’t perfect; that tragedy can strike at any time, and that selfishness won’t save you. Gradually, Paul's initial dislike of Keller gives way to

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