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laos2o6 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 13, 2010 at 12:11 PM via web

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Need Help With A Couple Of Questions From The Book Fences, Have Been Struggling. Please Help...

Do you think that troy is right to have supported Alberta during the pregnancy?

What does Rose Mean When She Says in Act 2 Scene 3 that " you cant visit the sins of the father upon child?" Where in the book do we see this happening despite her problamation?

How do the variousinferences that Troy makes throughout the play give us insight into his chracter? Why else might Wilson throughout the play give us insight into his cracter? Why else might Wilson included baseball references and metaphors?


What do the final stage directions mean?  They certainly left me confuses at first.  What do you think they mean?

Was Troy a good father? Good Man? Why

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

Posted June 13, 2010 at 2:07 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many issues you present here.  I think that each one could be worthy of its own space on enotes.  I will try to answer what I can in the best manner I can.  I will give the broad strokes and you might have to go back to the text to find specific lines to support because I think you would get much more out of it to match secondary thoughts with your own reading of the play.    Let's take the last one first.  I see Troy as a real sad person and father.  I don't think that he's the best of fathers, but this is not because of anything that represents his own acts of deliberate cruelty.  Given the emotional "fence" that existed between his father's horrific treatment of him, Troy knows only this manner of interacting with his own son.  He does acknowledge it, but lacks the vocabulary and tools to really do much, if anything, about it. The fact that he supports Alberta during her pregnancy shows how Troy might be different from his own father and proves that he is not entirely without redemption.  There is something that is "human" inside him, but the years of abuse on both personal and social levels have done their job in precluding this redemptive spirit to be fully recognized. This is why I see him as a sad person and father more than anything else.  I think that Rose's statement is something that can be seen in detail with the relationship between Troy and Cory.  The father's own disappointment and pain in seeking to achieve his dreams is something that he seeks to "visit" upon his son's desire to play football.  The fences imposed on Troy by society are something that he believes will be enacted upon his son, which is why he constantly discourages him from achieving his wishes.  In the end, Rose's statement is fully understood as the son refuses to accept the father's sins or fears visited upon him as he breaks free from this cycle of deferment and pain.

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