What is the moral of the play Fences?

The moral of Fences by August Wilson is that love prevails even through the trials of life and the wrong choices people make. Troy Maxson has a rough life and makes many wrong choices, but he does love. Rose, Lyons, Cory, and Gabriel also show love throughout the play.

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The moral of August Wilson's play Fences is that even though life is hard and people make wrong choices, love still prevails. Troy Maxson has had a rough life. He grew up with an abusive father. His baseball career was cut short, and he ended up in prison. He has already had one failed marriage. Now, he is cheating on his wife, Rose, and actually has a baby with his girlfriend. Troy has no end of conflicts with his sons, and overall, he tends to be an angry man who has failed to find what he wants out of life, usually because he has sabotaged himself with poor choices.

Yet there is plenty of love in this play. In his own way, Troy loves his two sons, Lyons and Cory, and he wants what is best for them. He wants them to become the man he is not. Lyons fails to please his father when he becomes a musician and later ends up in prison, yet he still loves his father. Cory is angry with Troy when Troy prevents him from playing football, and the resentment remains even up to Troy's funeral, when Rose explains to Cory that Troy really did try to act out of love for his son. Cory discovers that he loves his father, too.

Rose stands at the center of love in this play. She loves Troy deeply and continues to love him even after he cheats on her. Their relationship changes (as it must after this breach of trust), but they remain together. And in an act of true self-sacrificing love, Rose raises Troy's baby after the child's mother dies. She takes Raynell as her own daughter, realizing that a child needs a mother and unwilling to blame the little girl for her parents' misdeeds. This is real love.

Finally, Gabriel shows great love in this play. A brain injury has left him rather strange, but he loves Troy and Rose and the children with his whole heart, and he is determined that his brother will go to Heaven. Gabriel is both simple and complex in his love, and his love is deep and real.

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