Do you consider the message of "Fences" by August Wilson to be optimistic or pessimistic and why?

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e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The way the play ends seems optimistic to me. Where Troy was unable to mature enough emotionally to change and to avoid repeating history with his son, Cory is able to make that emotional step and take responsibility for his own development. 

The play, to me, is as optimistic as Cory's outcome, which is positive despite the challenges he faces.