Many texts in literature are connected by similar themes. The play Fences by August Wilson and several modern poems by African American poets are connected by; sexism, sacrifice, lessons, and pride. These poems relate to the situations in Fences they have identical themes. The poem Homage To My Hips by Lucille Clifton and the topic of Alberta’s big stockings discussed by Troy and Bono in the play Fences by August Wilson are connected by the theme of sexism. The conversation between Troy and Bono points out how some men see women as sex objects. Saying, “Women wear some big stockings. Got them great big old legs and hips as wide as the Mississippi River.” is not exactly a compliment and usually makes bigger women feel discouraged about their size. On the other hand, Lucille Clifton’s poem does the exact opposite. The poem is spoken from a big boned woman’s perspective and she encourages women who are bigger in size to embrace what they have. She believes her “hips are mighty hips.” and also has “known them to put a spell on a man and spin him like a top!” she boldly embraces the love she has for her body, while clearly showing no remorse for the size she is. Most women enjoy being physically attractive to a man, so this poem displays that it is okay to be …show more content…
This is similar to the poem Mother to Son by Langston Hughes. In the play, Cory is unwilling to sacrifice the way he feels for the sake of his family. Rose explains to him that she understands Troy wasn’t the easiest person to deal with and “being disrespectful to the memory of his father isn't going to make him a man.”. If she would have read Mother to Son to Cory it may have changed his opinion on Troy. Rose had to endure life with a man who felt his purpose was defeated. She had to put her wants and needs to the side to be with Troy, so Cory should be able to put his emotions to the side and attend the
THE BACKGROUND Fences is a play by August Wilson that is made in 1957, part of the sixth in August Wilson's ten-part "Pittsburgh Cycle". Fences is an American play that divided of two acts. The first act consists of four scenes, while the second act consists of five scenes. Fences is included as one of the most important American plays. This classic tragedy drama was written in 1983 and earned Pulitzer Prize.
“Fences” the play by August wilson and “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, Both share a common theme and are based around the love of family. Love that can also cause pain intentionally but can accidentally hurt the people around them. ” Fences” and “My Papa’s Waltz” embodies character, symbolism and, figurative language throughout both poem and and play. In “Fences” the play tells the life of an average African American garbage collector Troy Maxson.
Most titles are significant to the story it is portraying. This is the case in the play Fences by August Wilson. The title of this play has both a symbolic and literal interpretation to the play. The character that shows this interpretation the most is Troy. Other minor characters show this interpretation also.
The play, Fences by August Wilson, is about Troy Maxson and his struggling family relationships. A recurring idea throughout the story is the construction of a fence around Troy's home. Troy's fence could symbolize two things, Troy is trying to protect his family from the outside world, or Troy is isolating himself from his own family. As the construction of the fence progresses, the more severely damaged Troy's relationships become. In this play, the underlying message is that, despite the fact that fences can both protect and isolate, Troy’s fence isolates him from his family rather than to protect his family.
This, in turn, caused Troy 's mother to abandon him, leaving him without love from a parent or anyone to show him the correct way to treat females, a sin that affects his relationship with Rose as an adult. His father 's treatment of Troy made Troy believe there was more to his suffering than what was humanly possible "The gal jumped and run off...and when my daddy turned to face me, I could see why the devil had never come to get him...cause he was the devil himself"(Wilson 52).This metaphor used by Troy, adds a certain weight to the gravity of his situation as a teen. His father wasn 't just cruel but was the devil, a symbol of pure hate and all evil.
(290) Peck uses the phrase “woman of substance” as a non-judgmental way to describe the woman because she understands and ponders on what they might feel to being called impolite names. She portrays the fact that people who do not have any struggles with body weight do not understand that people of size are humans too and will sympathize or judge them which is a form of
Wanting to be able to move forward with his life and not be the same person as his father, he attends Troy’s funeral, as a way to make peace with their relationship. There’s this saying that goes something like, you become the same person as the people around you. This applies to Troy and Cory’s relationship. Troy used to fear his father but this changes once he looses respect
In the play Fences, August Wilson follows the struggle of a family that deals with injustice and racial segregation that creates a hardship that leads to a personal lack of self-esteem and uncontrollable circumstances. Troy, forced his family to deal with his struggles of past life experience. Troy was a hardworking man who did his best to provide for his family. Rose explained this to Cory, "Your daddy wanted you to be everything he wasn't...and everything he was... he meant to do more good than he meant harm" (1985).
The play “Fences” by August Wilson shows the dynamics in relationships and the multiple dramatic means by which they are established by using one pinnacle point. Wilson uses his main character Troy to stem of four other types of relationships. He shows the complexities of marriage and love in the relationship between Troy and Troy’s wife, Rose. He shows the commitment and betrayal of in the relationship between Troy and Troy’s
Fences is a play written by the playwright August Wilson, who dedicated himself to writing plays capturing what it was like to be an African American in the United States during every decade of the 20th century. Fences was a play that was specifically written to provide an outlook into the lives of African Americans in America during the 1950s, during the process of demarginalization. Each character of the novel provides a unique perspective to capture different aspects of the “African American Experience” during this time period. In Fences, it was very important to August Wilson to truly capture “The African American Experience” and he was able to do so through the portrayal of the Maxson family, with his representation of African Americans during the 1950s in Fences, and with the multiple perspectives of African Americans captured
This poem parallels “homage to my hips” written by Lucille Clifton, which discusses her own struggles with learning to appreciate and love her body due to the fact that it was not petite like the ideal body society painted during the mid-twentieth century. For through the repetition of the phrase “hips” and the images of freedom by using phrases such as “they go where they want to go” and “these hips have never been enslaved,” Clifton suggests that learning to fight oppression starts with self-love. For in an interview Clifton states “is there something wrong with having hips? We like everything big except females in this culture,” thus Clifton is expressing her distain for the ideals that cause thousands of women across the United states to grow up hating their body (Pate).
In August Wilson’s playwright Fences, the narrator portrays racism in a social system, in the workplace, and in sports, which ultimately affects Troy’s aspirations. Troy Maxson is constantly facing the racism that is engraved into the rules of racial hierarchy –– fair and unfair, spoken and unspoken. Troy suffers many years of racism when he plays in the Negro major Baseball League; therefore he decides to protect Cory from ever experiencing those blockades in his drive for success. In the end, although Troy is always driving to obtain agency, Troy always succumbs to the rules of racism because those racist ideologies are too hard to overcome. Throughout the play, Troy is perpetually confronting the racist social system that displays unspoken
This directly corroborates society’s viewing of her as the description only includes her sexual physical assets. Duffy writes this because she is trying to convey the sufferings of women in society as they are consistently objectified, devaluing their nature as a human being, and she invokes people to make a change. This theme of valuing women in a restrictive way as one only notices the physical elements of a female is continued throughout the poem, for example when the artist “is concerned with volume, space”, or “You’re getting thin, Madame, this is not good”. This directly references the corporeal elements of a body. The purpose of this quotation is consistent with the aforementioned one.