Analysis Of August Wilson’s Fences

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How would you feel if you witness that your life has been a complete failure? This is the question that Troy Maxson, the leading character in the drama Fences written by August Wilson, had to live with for the rest of his existence. It is the year of 1957 in Pittsburgh, where African descendants escaped from the savage conditions they had in the south. They were living in a world without freedom. While the play develops, the author shows the 1950s as a time when a new world of opportunities for blacks begin to flourish. As a consequence, Troy, who grew up in the time before this, felt like a complete stranger in his own land. Even though he was a responsible man, he had to live with a black hole of bitterness, and resentment that impeded him to have a normal relationship with the people in his family.
Troy’s life was not easy. He had to stand alone fighting in a world that closed its doors of triumph in his face. In spite of his great talent for baseball, the barrier of racism did not let him succeed in this promising career. This event marked his life in such a way that his life became a reflection of his bitterness. One of the moments where we can see Troy’s position is when his own son Cory begins to trace its path as a football player. He refuses to accept that his son might succeed in his dream of becoming a professional, showing his over protection, and at the same time jealousy. He cannot stand the thought of Cory getting abused by the athletic industry, but most important, he also can’t stand the thought of Cory succeeding where he failed. The anger Troy has inside shows up when Cory asked a simple question: “How come you ain’t never liked me?” and Troy answered angry: “Like you? Who the hell say I got to like you? What law is there say I got to like you?” The negative feelings came to its climax when the tension explodes between father and son leading them to hit each other with a baseball bat. Although Troy wins the fight, he loses his son forever.
The boundaries of each men break when there is no exit or meaning of existence. This lead Troy to feel a profound resentment for the world in general, thus marking a defining characteristic in Troy’s personality. For instance, he started questioning the impose duties on his demeaning job, exposing the difference between black and white men. Bravely, he made a complaint to his superiors to let the colored workers drive the garbage trucks as well. Even when he won the matter of his objection and...

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