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

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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 that the color of his skin has stood in the way of his success, both in his sporting career and in terms of his later ambitions, have left him bitter and shallow.

While making it right with Rose would have required real effort and sacrifice on his part, indulging in pleasures like having an affair with Alberta enables him to meet his own selfish needs comfortably and enjoy something quite outside what he considers the doldrums of his everyday life.

When Rose finally finds out about this affair, Troy explains to her that the affair was a way of escaping the pressures of his everyday life—a way to be without the worries of mundane home-related stresses, such as paying the bills and carrying out necessary home maintenance. The harsh lesson for Troy, of course, is that irresponsible behavior can...

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