Compare and contrast the relationship Troy and Rose have with Lyons in Fences.

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

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Lyons represents much of the ruptured hopes and dreams, dreams deferred, of Troy's endeavors.  In much of the same way, Lyons is a reminder to Troy of his shortcomings.  In the opening scene, when Lyons asks Troy for money, and the dynamic between both of them is shown to be one of blighted love, it is apparent that the relationship between both of them is frayed.  Troy's only connection to his son is monetary, and the money given is tainted with guilt.  Lyons has little or no value for his father's words because of the abandonment he suffered.  While this relationship features so much of pain and regret, it is Rose who is the force of redemption, seeking to bring unity and coherence to fragmentation and disarray.  She gives the money in the first scene and continues to bring the hope of harmony to the relationship between father and son.  The fences that exist between both of them are alleviated through Rose's hopeful stance.

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