Explain the situation in which Troy uses the analogy "That's strike one. See, you in the batter's box now. You swung and you missed.

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

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These lines come at the close of the First Act.  It is a moment where Troy finds out the Cory has been neglecting his job and his chores in order to play football and pursue his dream.  Troy sees this as a sign of disrespect and feels that he must flex his parental muscle.  He demands Cory to quit playing football and go back to his job at the local A & P.  It is interesting that Troy uses a baseball metaphor to express to Troy the consequences of his action.  Playing baseball was Troy's own dream, something that was denied to him when he was passionately pursuing it.  In the attempt to stop his son from pursuing his own dream, Troy adopts language from his own blighted dream.  The layers of Troy's past and his present and future in the form of his own son's hopes for the future are evident in this scene.  It is also a moment where Troy's harshness can be seen as representative of his own father's abuse towards him.  Troy shows little in way of flexibility and compassion towards his son, something that his father demonstrated to him.  Just as such behavior drove a wedge between he and his own father, Troy's words end up doing much to alienate himself from his own son.

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