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Troy Maxson is a generally unhappy man, and he’s also unable to shoulder the blame for his shortcomings, preferring to project his failures onto his circumstances or onto those around him. The fact...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 7:38 pm UTC

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Each character sees this conflict differently. For Cory, Troy is creating a rivalry with him regarding sports. Cory feels that Troy is refusing to allow him to play football out of a jealous...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2013 6:37 pm UTC

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I think that the quote plays a significant role in both works. In Fences, I think that Cory's reaction to his father at the funeral might be one specific instant where Wilson's quote is most...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2011 7:35 pm UTC

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Troy tells both the audience and Lyons and Bono about his past in Act I scene 4, which includes the story of how he came to be put in prison due to the accidental murder of somebody he was trying...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2012 7:58 am UTC

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The play Fences was written by African-American writer August Wilson in 1985. It is the sixth installment in Wilson’s ten-part series, Pittsburgh Cycle. In 1987, it was awarded both the Tony Award...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 11:48 am UTC

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In 1985, August Wilson wrote the play Fences, which centers around an African American man named Troy who struggles to provide for his family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Troy was a great baseball...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020 7:02 pm UTC

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Troy had a problem with his son, Cory, getting serious about football because he believes the color of his skin will not work in his favor in this sport. He fears that white boys will get...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 5:07 pm UTC

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The significance of Troy Maxson’s singing about a dog named “Blue,” or “Old Blue,” lies both in the African American origins of the musical genre known as the blues as well as Troy’s nostalgia for...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2017 12:50 am UTC

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Situational irony refers to a situation in which actions have the opposite effect of what is intended or expected. One example of situational irony in Fences is that Troy builds a fence around his...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2017 2:15 pm UTC

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Because of Gabriel's head injury he received in World War II, he believes he is the angel Gabriel and that St. Peter is going to one day call upon him to open the gates of heaven. At the end,...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2010 1:29 pm UTC

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Troy and his son Cory seem to have parallel lives in many ways, which manifests in both similarities and differences. One similarity is that both Troy and Cory have fathers who are cold and...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019 12:23 am UTC

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One theme in Fences is love—more specifically, the balancing act of love versus obligation. Troy is a character who has difficulty placing his love in his family. Perhaps this difficulty stems from...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 3:02 pm UTC

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The short answer is that it affects his future in almost every possible sense, from how he approaches his day to day existence to how he treats his family. Troy is a man who is constantly depressed...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 8:48 am UTC

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On the surface, the primary conflict of Fences is the struggle of Troy to accept that his son, Cory, is likely to surpass him in terms of his success. Troy was an outstanding baseball player, but...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 10:40 am UTC

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Gabriel's trumpet is another important symbol in the play. After Troy's death, his disabled brother Gabe blows into his instrument with all his might in order to open the gates of Heaven. Gabe's...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 3:42 pm UTC

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Gabe's infirmity plays several roles in the play, but two seem to resonate with me the most. The first is that Gabe gave his life and service to the nation during the war, only to return a shell...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2009 3:36 am UTC

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Death is a character, a practical concept and a symbolic concept for Troy in the play. Of these roles, the symbolic concept is the most important for understanding Troy's character and his internal...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2013 7:08 pm UTC

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These lines come at the close of the First Act. It is a moment where Troy finds out the Cory has been neglecting his job and his chores in order to play football and pursue his dream. Troy sees...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011 3:56 am UTC

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It is possible to view Rose as a long-suffering wife who, as the previous educator mentioned, is a complementary and "countervailing force to Troy's own sense of destruction." It is also possible...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 2:01 pm UTC

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Troy Maxson's relationships with both of his sons can be characterized with complexity and antagonism. Troy Maxson is portrayed as a bitter man who resents the fact that he was not given the...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 5:53 pm UTC

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Though Troy does not admit it directly, it becomes clear, through his recollections, that he is repeating the mistakes of his father. These mistakes are a lack of compassion for his son, Cory, and...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2016 8:35 pm UTC

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Bono and Troy's friendship serves as a type of juxtaposition technique in Wilson's play. Bono in some ways is Troy's foil. Where Troy is charismatic, Bono is mild-mannered. We see this in the...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2018 2:36 pm UTC

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There’s already a lot of answers to this question that have been posted, so I’m going to try to focus on a few different ideas about the symbolic nature of fences in Fences. The protagonist of...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019 7:46 pm UTC

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One of the most important characteristics of the relationship between Troy and his son Cory is that they are effectively repeating history (and, ultimately, breaking the cycle of history). As a...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2015 10:31 pm UTC

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The meaning of Gabriel's dancing and his line "That's the way that go!" at the end of the play Fences is a celebration of Troy entering the gates of heaven. Wilson writes this about Gabriel's...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 1:23 am UTC

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Troy Maxson, a former baseball player in the Negro Leagues, compares much of life to a game of baseball. In baseball, players get three chances, and Troy often feels cheated because he has not...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2017 4:12 pm UTC

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Women are the glue that hold people together in Fences. Rose, Troy's wife, is the central force keeping her family together, while her husband tries to cut people off from him. For example, Rose...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019 10:06 pm UTC

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Troy Maxon is not a good man, but that doesn't mean that those around him can't love or forgive him. Troy takes advantage of people throughout his life. Not only does he commit murder, he doesn't...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 7:59 pm UTC

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Lyons’s response to his father shows the reader that Lyons prioritizes his passions and desire to enjoy life over his need to make money. Lyons is a musician, and making music is not a lucrative...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2020 3:11 pm UTC

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Though the primary father-son relationship is between Troy and Cory—a relationship whose contention is borne from their similar dream, as well as Troy's transference of his fears and envy onto...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 3:05 pm UTC

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Rose’s statement introduces a notion that is evident in all of the play’s events. For example, consider how Troy struggles to understand that his sons' experiences with society will be different...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2020 3:00 am UTC

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Lena Younger in Raisin in the Sun is in many ways similar to Troy Maxson in Fences. They are both middle-aged, African American people who head their families and who come from families with a...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2017 12:37 am UTC

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The play Fences is set in the 1950s and presents themes regarding the African American experience during this time in American history. Music has always played an important role in the African...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 10:59 pm UTC

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In Fences, Troy is being undone by the responsibilities he faces. He has to support his family as a garbage man, and he is frightened of many things. He worries about his sons, as one wants to be a...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2018 1:02 pm UTC

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I think that Bono's function in the play is a hopeful one. His purpose is to show that there can be redemption within the psyche of individuals no matter how difficult external conditions may be....

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011 2:19 pm UTC

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Additionally, I would say that baseball symbolizes the American Dream. In American culture, baseball is known as something that is quintessentially American (although it now has significant appeal...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018 8:06 pm UTC

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Troy's refusal to support Cory's scholarship and the pursuit of his dream of playing football stems from Troy's own experiences and his belief about the father/ son relationship. Troy's background...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2011 12:50 am UTC

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Troy Maxson is depicted as a conflicted, selfish man who is still bitter about not playing baseball in the Majors because of racial discrimination. Even though Troy is fifty-three years old, he has...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 1:49 pm UTC

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Bono is a foil to Troy, meaning that he provides a contrast to Troy's negative qualities and is the voice of conscience. Bono possesses the qualities that Troy does not. Bono is, for example, a...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019 11:24 am UTC

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In these two scenes, the relationship between Troy and Rose is strained, to say the least. At the beginning of scene 2, Troy and Rose have not been on speaking terms for months. This is due to Troy...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019 7:27 pm UTC

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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,...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2017 4:29 pm UTC

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I think that Alberta wields influence over Troy and Rose, and is more representative of what Bono would call “the walking blues” to the other characters. She is the other woman for Troy, and...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011 9:42 pm UTC

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The play seems to marginalise women to some extent. Rose is the only major female character, and much of the time she takes second place to the main action involving her husband Troy and other male...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2013 5:13 pm UTC

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The first step to creating an argumentative essay is forming a thesis statement. If your aim is to discuss the most present conflict in the play, you could arguably either talk about Troy's...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019 6:05 pm UTC

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The limits to achieving the American dream for working-class African Americans are represented best by Troy Maxson. Troy had once been optimistic about his future, with a dream of playing baseball,...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019 5:50 am UTC

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This is a really interesting question! Some might say that Troy doesn't deserve to go to Heaven. He commits adultery and he lies. I think when looking at Troy's character, it's important to...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2019 10:52 pm UTC

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Masculinity is one of the metaphorical "fences" in the play. Troy, particularly, but also Cory, Lyons, and Gabriel struggle with, and are limited by, notions of masculinity which often have nothing...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2017 4:01 pm UTC

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If the question is related to Wilson's play, the choice of symbol is a powerful one. Troy's entire existence is generated by fences. Troy's building of the fence in the backyard is designed to...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2009 9:44 pm UTC

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Rose is the character that goes goes through the most dramatic change in August Wilson's play entitled Fences. The first change is when Rose is told by Troy, her husband of eighteen years, that he...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 1:03 am UTC

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I think that one of the most profound lessons that Cory learns at the end of the drama is to not be like his father. The father/ son relationship is a powerful one in that its negative elements...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 8:30 am UTC

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