How does Troy view fatherhood in Fences?

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Troy feels that his role as a father is to protect his sons from the harshness of life, including the racism that he experienced when he was younger. He comes across as unloving and gruff at times, but, at heart, his harshness is an attempt to spare his sons of what he experienced. For example, he warns Cory that he won't be able to play football, as Troy was kept from playing baseball because of racism. Troy also warns his other son, Lyons , that he will never make it as a jazz musician. Troy quashes his sons' dreams, but his motivation to do so is not to be cruel. Instead, he thinks if his sons take up practical jobs (such as his own job working on a garbage truck), they will be...

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