How does the setting affect/contribute to the plot in August Wilson's Fences?

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The setting in Fences is relevant in more than one way. First, the larger setting of Pittsburgh, PA. This is important from a background or "authorial intent" perspective, as August Wilson was from Pittsburgh, and he drew on inspiration from his own life for aspects of Fences. This play was also part of what is known as Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle," which is a collection of ten plays that explores Pittsburgh through the decades.

Pittsburgh also offers a glimpse into the reality many black people experienced living in the pre-Civil Rights era in a northern American city. Northern cities had a reputation for being less racially divisive and oppressive...

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