Discuss the relationship between Cory and Troy in Scene one of Act II of Fences.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the most succinct of terms, the relationship between father and son in the opening of Act Two is not good.  It has disintegrated to a point where there will be little hope of reclamation.  At the end of Act I, the confrontation between father and son about Cory's desire to play football.  Already resentment and hostility developing between both, the relationship becomes fragmented at the start of the second act, when Troy admits to the relationship with Alberta.  In this light, Cory has lost all respect for his father and the rupturing of the family at the father's hands.  At this point in the drama, the relationship has entered into a realm where there is little chance at redemption between both men.  In this light, the death that haunts at Troy as Act II progresses actually starts in the first scene, where the death of Troy's familial relationships is something with which he has to reckon.