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In Fences, what is the nature of the conflict between Cory and Troy?

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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What is the theme or one of the themes of Fences by August Wilson?

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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In Fences, why would Troy cheat with Alberta instead of just trying to make it right with Rose, a good woman?

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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Discuss the significance of the title Fences as it relates to characters, themes, and events of the play.

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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Why was Troy in prison in Fences?

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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Discuss the quote below.   " When the sins of our fathers visit us we do not have to play host. We can banish them...

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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What is the significance of the end of the play when Gabriel's trumpet fails him? When he finishes, he gestures and...

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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Why wasn't Troy okay with Cory playing football in Fences?

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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What are some literary devices used in Fences?

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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Assess Troy and Rose's relationship.

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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What is the major conflict of the play?

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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What are two example of situational irony in Fences?

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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What is the symbolism of the fence in Fences?

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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What is the significance of Troy's song Old Blue? Is it in any way about the failure of human love?

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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What role does the character "death" play in the life of Troy in Fences?

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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Analyze the conflict between Troy and Cory in the Fences.

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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Considering everything that has happened in Fences, is Troy Maxson a good man?

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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How would you characterize the father/son relationships in the play Fences?

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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What are some similarities and differences between Troy and Cory Maxson in Fences?

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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What is the significance of the title, "Fences"?

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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How does Troy's past affect his future in Fences?

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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How can you describe Troys inner conflict with death, and what is it's significance in Fences?

In Fences, Troy Maxson repeatedly shows a deeply conflicted attitude toward death. Much of the significance of this conflict relates to his younger days, when he killed another man in the course of...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2020 11:41 pm UTC

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What is ironic about Troy's job as a garbage truck driver in Fences?

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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What are the symbolic meanings of fences? How effective is this choice of symbol?

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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How can I start an argumentative essay about Fences? Which conflict does Wilson use to drive all other elements of...

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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What is the meaning of Gabriel's dancing and his line "That's the way that go!" at the end of Fences?

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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In Fences, Troy told Cory not to make three strikes. What were they?

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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Fatherhood is a major theme in Fences. Comment on Troy’s childhood and how it has influenced his parenting.

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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What role does Gabe's infirmity play in Fences? Is Wilson making a social statement in his portrayal of Gabe?

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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Compare and contrast a character in Fences and A Raisin in the Sun.

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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Explain the situation in which Troy uses the analogy "That's strike one. See, you in the batter's box now. You swung...

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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Do you know the role of music in Fences?

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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Discuss the changing relationship between Bono and Troy in Fences.  

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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What is the role of women in Fences?

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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In Fences,what is responsibility doing to Troy?

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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Explain the American Dream in August Wilson's Fences in detail, and give some quotations to illustrate your answer. 

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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What is the role of baseball in Fences?

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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In Fences, how do Troy's life experiences effect his relationships with his sons?

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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What are some examples of symbolism in Fences?

There are a number of examples of symbolism in August Wilson’s Fences. The most prominent example of symbolism comes in the repeated use of fences (variously literal and metaphorical) in the play....

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 6:01 pm UTC

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How does racism affect Troy in Fences?

In the play's exposition, August Wilson details the ways in which the lives of black people were circumscribed and limited by racism in northern cities which had previously welcomed the "destitute...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 5:29 pm UTC

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Why does Troy refuse to sign the papers allowing collegiate recruiter’s to offer Cory a scholarship

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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What racial injustices does Troy see and/or describe in the first act of Fences?

On many levels, Troy is a product and eyewitness to racial injustices. On the most basic of levels, Troy understands that there is a sense of discrimination at his workplace in his complaint that...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2011 1:18 am UTC

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What are the obstacles that prevent Troy from having what he wants?

In Fences, social problems along with a lack of emotional connection all represent obstacles that prevent Troy from having what he wants. Troy believes he is socially marginalized. Racial...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016 5:16 pm UTC

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How does Troy view fatherhood in Fences?

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,...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2018 1:53 pm UTC

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In the play Fences, to what extent are the conflicts caused by racism or racial/ social inequality? Or are they more...

Tough question! This one is really up to you to decide as a reader. Here are a couple ideas that might help you figure out which side you land on. Among the conflicts that seem to be caused by...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2015 7:57 pm UTC

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What would the genre of Fences be?

August Wilson's play Fences is a drama, or more specifically, a family drama. We know this work is a play because there are stage directions and characters speaking dialogue. The play is about an...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2018 2:28 pm UTC

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What is Bono's function in Fences?

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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Do you consider the message of Fences by August Wilson to be optimistic or pessimistic? Why?

The message of the play is guardedly optimistic. At the play's conclusion, Troy has died and his transgressions are forgiven. His brother Gabriel, whom Troy sent to an institution, plays the...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2018 3:01 pm UTC

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Discuss how flashback is present in the play Fences by August Wilson.

To a great extent, Wilson has created Troy's character as representation of one large flashback. Troy has not been able to sort through the wreckage of his own past to make sense of the present...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2011 6:39 pm UTC

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In Act I, scene I of Fences, what policy at the sanitation department is Troy challenging? Why has it caused a stir?

Troy,in the play, Fences, has led a life trying to achieve what he thinks is due him. In prison for robbery, he learns to play baseball. He's quite good at it, and after his release, joins the...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015 10:43 pm UTC

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