FencesDefine the conflicts between Cory and Troy, showing how they develop. In what ways do they resemble those between Troy and his father, between all fathers and all sons ( think archetypal...

Fences

Define the conflicts between Cory and Troy, showing how they develop. In what ways do they resemble those between Troy and his father, between all fathers and all sons ( think archetypal here). What does Troy want to protect Cory from, and what direction does he want him to take? Again, expound this to the archetypal stage here. Expound upon these ideas. Use appropriate quotations from the text to prove your points.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Troy wants to break a cycle of material impotence with his son Cory. Troy's father lost money on his crops due to a negative material situation. In his own life, Troy works a job that he does not like as a garbage hauler and it takes him fifteen years to pay off his house. Troy wants Cory to have a greater opportunity for material success and this leads Troy to be stern and unkind to his son, refusing to let Cory play football. 

Regarding Lyons, we can see Troy's attitude about the downside of his own father's work situation playing out in Lyons. Lyons refuses to be exploited as his grandfather was, yet Lyons is unwilling and probably unable to improve his situation. 

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

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Certainly, generational conflicts play a large role in the differences of perception between Cory ans Troy.  Troy comes from a time of Plessy v. Ferguson, where distinct boundaries defined conception of self and the belief in possibilities.  In contrast, Cory is a Brown v. Board of Education child, meaning he believes that there is little to impede his progress, different form his father.  Where his father distrusts sports because of his own failures in regards to racial discrimination, Troy believes in his dream of pursuing football.  There is a natural evolution in their relationship that leads to conflict.  The father sees his son exerting independence. Either this triggers a feeling of departure and a companion feeling of abandonment and sadness or there is a certain amount of resentment that the child will be able to surpass the father.  The reality is that Troy tries to repress and control his child, who rebels.  There are generational issues that combine with issues of racial identity, contributing to their conflict and eventual distance.

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sio | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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I really need a drama scriptFences by August Wilson ASAP as it is not sold in my country.  Does anyone here have it?  If yes,  please email it to me, sio.sio680@gmail.com    Otherwise I won't able to prepare my final assignment and drop my scholarship.   I have been days searching unfortunately unsuccessful.   If I lived in the US I might never find such difficulty.   Thanks.

 

 

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