The notion of "Fences" plays a large role in establishing the emotional environment and action in the play. The idea of divisions and partitions forming borders that cannot be crossed, barriers that separate individuals from one another applies quite appropriately to Troy, whose live is led in isolation from others. He lives with emotional fences that separate him from pure connection with his son and wife, while social and economic fences preclude him from being able to fully acknowledge his dreams. He spends his time as a shell of a human being, hoping to delay the inevitable death by building, predictably, a fence. In the end, it is these emotional fences that cause him to be estranged from his family, displaying a life that is in separation and not connection.