How is the theme of escapism depicted in Fences?

The theme of escapism is depicted in Fences as making things worse. Troy wants to escape from his current situation, but this desire only makes life harder for him, as his responsibilities simply don't go away when he chooses to avoid them.

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Troy Maxson is a man deeply dissatisfied with life. Unable to gain respect at work due to racial discrimination and with mounting troubles at home—not to mention his constant bitterness at what he perceives as the deliberate thwarting of a potentially promising career as a baseball player—Troy is a man...

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Troy Maxson is a man deeply dissatisfied with life. Unable to gain respect at work due to racial discrimination and with mounting troubles at home—not to mention his constant bitterness at what he perceives as the deliberate thwarting of a potentially promising career as a baseball player—Troy is a man hopelessly out of place in his immediate environment.

Troy's main method of escape is to conduct an affair with Alberta. He justifies his cheating on the basis that he feels like he's been in the same place for sixteen years. His wife, Rose, has given him steadfast loyalty, as well as love and devotion, for many years, but apparently, that's not enough for the self-centered Troy.

As one can imagine, Troy's affair generates considerable tension on the home front, which is only to be expected. As the old expression goes, you can run but you can't hide, and no matter how many times Troy goes off to share Alberta's bed, he will never be able to hide from his responsibilities as a man, a father, and a husband.

Although Troy may think that his affair with Alberta makes his life better, he's sorely deluded. In actual fact, his philandering, which is a form of escapism, only makes things worse, because it causes more trouble at home.

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