How does Bono interact with the characters in the play, Fences?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In many respects, Bono's interaction with Troy is critical to the thematic development of the drama.  The theme of how one responds to adversity is of vital importance in the drama.  Troy offers one approach, becoming victimized to the world's cruelty and harshness.  Bono is another side to this equation.  Having met Troy during their time in prison, Bono "goes straight" after serving his time.  Like Troy, he struggles under the weight of class and race in modern America.  However, Bono focuses on the love of his wife, Lucille, represents that there can be redemption from a social setting that is blisteringly painful.  Bono's interaction with Troy almost is like that of the redemptive element of his conscience.  As Troy further envelops himself with Alberta, Bono's voice tries to raise in intensity, but, in the end, Bono distances himself from Troy, almost as if to convey that he understands how Troy has become victimized by the pain of the world and he desires to steer clear of such a predicament.  Their closeness in the first scene of the play is a stark contrast to the coldness seen in fourth scene of the Second Act.  Troy might be a driver, and Bono still picks up trash on a different route, but Bono is happy with his own life and seeks to remain distinct from the misery and pain that seems to stick to Troy.  With this, one sees that there is a contentment in Bono that will never be with Troy, confirmed in the next scene with his death.

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