Who Is Troy Maxson's Tragic Flaw

694 Words3 Pages
The inspirational play, “Fences” was a drama written by August Wilson that sets the setting in the 1950’s. During this time period, segregation was prevalent and deeply affected many African American communities. The struggles faced by these African Americans were very evident within the characters in the story, specifically Troy. Troy, the protagonist, and patriarch of the family fail to accept reality. Through the use of tragic flaw, Wilson reveals how pride can lead to self-destruction. Troy Maxson's ego is one of many components of his character. Due to his challenging accomplishments and independence, Troy established an egotistical outlook The play states, "We wrestled for three days and three nights. I can’t say where I found the strength from. Every time it seemed like he was gonna get the best of me, I’d reach way down deep inside myself and find the strength to do him one better” (Remember: In-text citation). Surviving a near-death experience from pneumonia is one of Troy’s numerous accomplishments. However, his…show more content…
He reveals his selfishness when engaging in an extramarital affair. Rose tells Troy “We’re not talking about baseball! We’re talking about you going off to lay in bed with another woman . . . and then bring it home to me. That’s what we’re talking about. We ain’t talking about no baseball” (Remember: In-text citation). Troy compares life to baseball because that’s what he is most familiar with, considering his past. He perceives his own risky behaviors, such as an affair, as stealing another base. “Stealing bases” in life allows Troy to relive his glory days when baseball gave him a purpose in life. However, he only “steals bases” for himself rather than for his family. Selfishly, he sees himself as a victim because he is only trying to relive his glory, even though it’s costing his family ties. His pride blurred his vision and Troy can’t understand how his actions affected his
Open Document