Fences Paper

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Fences, written by August Wilson, is a play about a man, named Troy, struggling to support his family during the late 1950’s. In this play, we see that Troy hurts the people closest to him. He has been uncaring towards his wife, Rose, his brother Gabriel and his son, Cory. This is because Troy had nothing to go on but the harsh example set by his father. In Fences, Troy has felt like he has been fenced in all of his life, which causes him to fence others in.
Troy has felt fenced in all of his life for several reasons. First, he had to deal with a cruel and abusive father. Troy tells us a story from when he was fourteen, “My daddy was looking for me. We down there by the creek enjoying ...view middle of the document...

Rose constantly wants Troy to build the fence throughout the play, but he is very hesitant because he isn’t happy with his family anymore. He can't resist other women because he needs reassurance that he is a good man; he needs an escape from the life he has with Rose, and if the fence was built, then he would no longer be able to get the assurance he needs. He doesn't want to finish the fence because he knows it will take away his freedom. Troy’s neglect for the fence represents the neglect he has toward his family. Troy spends his entire life trying to overcome the past and experience a life that doesn't remind him of his past mistakes, but he can’t with Rose and his best friend, Jim because he knew them while he was in prison. Troy ends up building the fence to keep things out. The things that he wants to separate himself from. This can be seen between Troy’s and Cory’s conversation. Cory says, “Tell Mama I’ll be back for my things.” Troy responds, “They’ll be on the other side of that fence”(89). Troy also builds the fence to protect himself and his family from Death. After Troy learns that his mistress, Alberta has died giving birth to his daughter, he cries out: “All right . . . Mr. Death. See now . . . I’m gonna tell you what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna take and build me a fence around this yard. See? I’m gonna build me a fence around what belongs to me. And then I want you to stay on the other side”(77). The fence may mean this for Troy, but it has a different meaning towards other people.
Troy’s wife, Rose sees the fence as a form of protection, which shows how affectionate she is towards Troy and Cory. However, they see the fence as a drag and are very reluctant to finish building it. While working on the fence, Cory says, “I don’t see why Mama want a fence around the yard noways.” Troy responds, “Damn if I know either. What the hell she keeping out with it? She ain’t got nothing nobody want. While Bono (Jim) replies, “Some people build fences to keep people out . . . and other people build fences to keep people in”(61). He’s saying that Troy pushes Rose away by cheating on her and that...

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