In the powerful play Fences by August Wilson, tension can be found through characters like Troy Maxson, Corey Maxson, and Rose Maxson. Troy Maxson has gone through a life in a country where to be proud and black was to face pressure that could crush a man. Corey Maxson wishes to play football, however, his father wants him to get a job and do “labor work”. Rose Maxson is the wife to Troy Maxson they had a happy relationship until Troy has a child with a woman named Alberta? Troy is the main source of tension in the book. His action impacts the family and takes a heavy toll on his relationship with his family.
Parenting is crucial to the development of a child. In the play “Fences”, it is evident that Rose is a more capable parent than Troy. When Lyons, Troy 's oldest son from his previous marriage, comes to visit, he 's immediately greeted with a motherly kiss and is offered supper by Rose. On the other hand, Troy states, “You was in the neighborhood cause it 's my payday.” He believes Lyons only comes around for money and treats him with hostility. Although by blood, Rose and Lyons aren 't related, she shows more affection and understanding towards him than Troy does. Another instance where Rose shows better parenting skills than Troy is when it comes to raising Cory. Similar to how Troy was, Cory is portrayed as very sport oriented, he wants a
Rose considers this vulnerability, and chooses to repel from her instinct to leave. She believes that if something isn’t working, they should try to fix it before they abandon everything they once viewed as irreplaceable, “Don’t you think I ever wanted other things? Don’t you think I had dreams and hopes? What about my life? What about me. Don’t you think it ever crossed my mind to want to know other things? That I wanted to lay up somewhere and forget my responsibilities? That I wanted someone to make me laugh so I could feel good? You not the only one who got wants and needs. But I held onto you, Troy” (Wilson, 71). Today, it is less uncommon for people to face their problems in family life head on, and not just avoid uncomfortable topics like divorce when it isn’t working out in benefit for everyone involved. In Fences, Rose and Tony both feel stuck within their relationship, perhaps bored. Troy, although he wishes he weren’t, is raising his sons similarly to how his father raised him. He fails to see why the strategies should change because the times have, and he still values work and respect for those older, however he does take basic care of his children with human necessities. He feels the need to be in charge
Troy has a singular perspective on the world. He has a strict demeanor because of how society viewed African Americans back in the 1950s. Troy cares a lot about his family even if he doesn't show it. Throughout his life, Racism has been a barrier for him. He was once young and he chased his own dreams but because of his skin color, several "ideals" got in his way. Racism caused a lot of Troy's bitterness towards life. He went to jail and ultimately makes sure he doesn't fall back there. All of his decisions were very influenced by past experiences from racism. Whether it be denying Cory's dreams, neglecting Lyons and breaking the barriers of his marriage with Rose. All of these decisions caused tensions around the family and ultimately fenced his family away from him.
In the fences, August describe how Troy is a villain because of the unfair to his wife. Troy lives with his wife, Rose and Son Cory. The little kid
The play Fences is a drama written by August Wilson who was one of six children and also dealt with opeesrrions and racism when he dropped out of school due the struggles of racism. The play Fences presents the character Troy Maxson a person who has faced racism and discrimanation throughout his life. The Pulitzer Prize winning play is set in 1957-1965, a time when African-Amercians where hopeful for a better life. In Fences, racism haunts Troy Maxon’s life past and present. The play brings the view of racism in the world through Tory Maxson, family and friends. The play describes the life of Troy Maxson a middle age Africa-American man who was raising his family in time of racism. Troy is married to Rose and the father of three children. Troy has two sons Lyons and Cory, and a daughter named Raynell. August Wilson describes the life of Troy as someone who feels he is being oppressed and how different the culture was when his was a child growing up compared to his children’s lives. Troy’s outlook on life is more narrow minded however, his family is more optimistic for a better future.
In the epigraph, August Wilson states that we do not always have to act out the sins of our fathers and that it 's possible to banish them with forgiveness. While Troy may not have forgiven his father, after he marries Rose, he doesn 't act on the sins of his father. Troy 's father didn 't teach Troy any positive traits directly, instead Troy adopted them in order to differentiate himself from his father and to live a better life. Troy learned the value of hard work from his father and all the time he spent working on the farm when he was younger and he lives by that trait. He takes care of his family because he knows it 's the responsible thing to do no matter what. Troy 's father didn 't care about the children or his wife, so Troy does his best to care for Cory and Rose. However, like his father, Troy takes care of the family because he 's obligated to, not because he feels any particular affection to them, similar to the way his father didn 't abandon him because he had nowhere to go. He explains this to Cory saying " You live in my house...sleep you behind on my bedclothes...fill you belly up with my food...cause you my son. You my flesh and blood. Not 'cause I like you! Cause it 's my duty to take care of you. I owe a responsibility to you"(Wilson 38)! While this quote shows that Troy is taking steps to be a better father, he 's not without his flaws. Troy cheated on Rose and had another child out of infidelity, ruining their family and affecting Rose
Troy’s inability to commit to building his fences despite his repetitive speaking of how he is going to finish his fence shows how his isolation from his wife stems from his inability to truly commit to his wife even though he always told her he loved her. He wanted to protect his wife from the truth that he cheated on her and has a baby on the way with her but the fence prevented true communication with his own wife. Troy's inability to see the change in civil rights during his time period because of the fence led to the isolation of his mindset towards African American rights and the straining of his relationship with his son. His struggle to be accepted into playing professional sports alongside white men lead to preventing his son from playing professional football despite the changing times in civil rights. Without isolation from change, his relationship with his son could possibly be a happy one. Robbery to help family and stop cory football to help family, hide cheating help family. all fail
Even though she suffered from the beginning to the end of the play where her husband dies, Rose is proven to be very strong and takes charge of her family even with the death of her husband. She mends everything together just like the fence symbolizes in her family. She does not allow her family to be disrupted no matter what. Even though Troy is bold enough to open up to his wife about his secret affair, Rose keeps her cool. Despite all that, she does not see it as an opportunity for her to get her revenge. Were not for her strong nature, Rose would have left her husband and look for a different man who can take care of her. Rose is the reason for her family’s unity.The fact that Rose manages to get her son to forgive his dad. Rose is the strongest character, she was able to survive in a male dominated
Troy is controlling and often verbally abusive to his family members because he lacks a sense of control in other areas of his life, he is unable to achieve his dream of becoming a pro-baseball player or advance in his career and this makes him feel inadequate. Troy’s wife Rose represents a stereotypical mother and dutiful wife role. Rose has two disadvantages in her life because she is not only African American, she is also a woman and in some ways she is the wife you would expect during the 1950s era. Rose however, is not weak minded because she recognizes how times have changed and this what makes Troy and Rose so drastically different throughout the play. Their contrasting ideologies represent two different aspects of the “African American Experience” by showing a major question many African Americans faced during the 1950s and that is: “are times really changing?.” Troy and Rose’s son, Cory represents the younger generation and the new opportunities that are beginning to be offered to
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This created Troy’s character. Even though Troy seems to be hold a wall in-front of himself, he really cares about his family. If his family would have acknowledge that they understood his actions and loved him regardless before his death, Troy’s actions would not have been as brutal as they were when they did not say anything.
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.
The play Fences by August Wilson takes place in the 1950’s in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the same time and place in which August grew up (“August”). During this time before the Civil Rights movement, African Americans faced significant discrimination. August in his own life experienced racism first hand as he grew up and lead to him dropping out of high school at the age of fifteen (“August”). Throughout the play, parallels can be drawn between August Wilson’s life as a child and young man to the characters and their experiences in Fences. The struggles August and many other African Americans faced during in the 1950’s are deeply embedded in all aspects of the play; however, this paper focuses on Wilson’s use of symbolism to reflect the the