How does August Wilson use Rose Maxson to represent black women of the time? What evidence is there that she is strong, brave, and courageous?

August Wilson uses Rose Maxson to represent black women at the time because despite being in a difficult marriage, she hopes for a brighter future both for herself and for her son. Her strength, bravery and courage are shown when she kicks her unfaithful husband out and sets about raising his illegitimate daughter.

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Rose Maxson represents black women of her time in that while she has high hopes for her son’s future, she is aware of the difficulties that lie ahead for the whole family. These high hopes are showcased partly by Rose’s habit of playing the lottery. This is indicative of her dreams for a better life which is not characterized by financial struggle.

Like most women of all races of her time, Rose initially bows to the opinions of her husband. This is evidenced by the arrival of Troy’s brother Gabriel, who clearly has mental health issues. While Rose feels that it would be best for Gabriel to be in the hospital, Troy is adamant that his brother must remain free—so free he remains.

Her strength and bravery is shown by the fact that Rose is happy when her son, Cory, is offered a college football scholarship. She refuses to be trapped by the fear that her son will be overlooked in favor of white boys in the sporting world, and, unlike her husband, she believes her son should accept this honor and take the scholarship.

She shows strength which is, in my opinion, superhuman when she not only agrees to raise the baby that Troy fathers through his unfaithfulness, but also kicks Troy out of the house for his sins.

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