Could you mention references that will help me in "Fences" by August Wilson?  What important points in Troy's character did you see?

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Troy is a proud man bitter because he was unable to play major league baseball, which was not yet integrated when he was young enough to play pro baseball. Always suspicious of whites because of the opportunity he was denied, Troy fears that Cory may have a similar experience if he tries to play college football so he prevents his son from doing so. A lack of education has left Troy illiterate, so he may not have a good grasp of the future a college education will offer his son; instead, he insists that Cory learn a trade so that he'll always have a job. Possibly as well Troy may be jealous of his son's talent and fears his son may be more successful in sports than he ever was.

Troy believes that his primary responsibility is to provide for Rose and Cory; as he tells Cory, "I ain't got to like you." Troy's own father offered him no positive role model as a parent. His rough background has left him confused perhaps as well about how to seek pleasure because he fathers a child with Alberta; however, he takes responsibility for this child, too. The reader's attitude toward Troy is mixed with admiration and disappointment.

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