In August Wilson's play, Fences, Cory is able to stop the destructive cycle that his father, Troy, had fallen into because of his father, and become his own person in this tragedy.
A major theme in the play revolves around the children (first Cory, and later Raynell) paying for a parent's mistakes, as Rose articulates:
You can't visit the sins of the father upon the child.
Troy Maxson does this to Cory. His brutalized Troy. Because of Troy's upbringing, he turns to violence himself. As a young man, he kills someone and goes to jail. By the time he is released, he is too old to play baseball in the major leagues, which had just begun the integration of African-American players. Troy is bitter! He works for a trash company and wants something better for his son, Cory; but in pushing a sense of responsibility on him, Troy robs his son of a chance to play football in college: of achieving what Troy could not.
When the audience meets Cory, he is a young man of promise. He has quit his job at the A&P to...
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