There is an interesting part of August Wilson's description of the setting in which his play Fences takes place:
"The yard is a small dirt yard, partially fenced, except for the last scene, with a wooden sawhorse, a pile of lumber, and other fence-building equipment set off to the side."
Fences are, obviously, barriers—obstacles to be respected or to be overcome. They not only present physical barriers, but psychological ones as well. They tell those within that they are either safe from the outside, or that they are constricted in their movement. They tell those on the outside that they are barred from entry unless explicitly invited inside. In Wilson's play, fences represent all possible meanings. They represent the barriers that kept this once-promising athlete, Troy Maxson, from having a lucrative career in professional sports (specifically in baseball), but they...
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