How does Troy's self deception lead to tragedy within the family?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the self- deception that exists with Troy is the belief that somehow his actions do not impact the lives of those who live around him.  While he does hold up the idea that he sacrifices much for his family, he does live in a sort of emotional vacuum that his actions do not have emotional weight to bear on the family.  Despite Bono's warnings that he needs to stop his affair with Alberta, he continues on without much in way of regard of the challenge this poses to the emotional bond between he and his wife.  He fails to recognize how his own confusion about his past and his relationship with his own father is causing emotional damage to his connection with his son.  He does not acknowledge the destructive nature of his relationship with Lyons, and the need for something redemptive outside of money supplying to be present.  Troy builds a fence to push away the force of death. Yet, his own emotional insufficiencies enables another type of fence to be built that walls off those in his life and contributes to the fragmentation of the family unit.   This is where his self- deception is most evident and as a result, emotional alienation becomes the lasting result.   If tragedy is defined as the withering away of the family while Troy is alive, then I believe that his own lack of clarity about his emotional actions is where tragedy is evident.