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Relationships, Racism, And Drama In August Wilson’s Fences

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In August Wilson’s Fences, relationships were a big part of the story because every character had a different kind of relationship with each other. Troy had a relationship with every character in the play and it was not the same kind of relationship. Troy Have a complicated relationship with every character in the play because troy character is difficult and it cause conflicts with everyone character in Fences (Blumenthal). Troy has a personal relationship with his self and it was kind of a fictitious relationship but to Troy it was realer than anything in his life. Troy was a denial type a person so he really disagreed with others wisdom and advice and stuck to his on philosophy. He had a rough life growing up his family history in the south of slavery carried over in his entire life and affected his everyday life (Pereira). Troy is a man that takes on all his responsibilities and a very hard and passionate worker but also has difficulties with his inner self which made him build a relationship with his inner self and always believed that he had to trust and go with his abnormal thoughts.
Troy had dreams of Major League Baseball that he could have accomplished but in that time blacks was not allowed in the League, even though Troy was good enough to play they just were not letting blacks in the league, which leaded into believing self created illusions (Blumenthal). Troy believed that one time he was in a real battle with Death that was the toughest battle he has ever fought and won. He said that he really struggled hard and that he was extremely brave and stood strong and faced death and went on and on with death for days and finally defeated it. Troy said it was a very dark cold battle ground that they were fighting and that many people have lost battles on that battle field but he pulled it off and came out victorious. Troy has a complicated relationship with his son Cory because he did not want Corey to put his time and effort into something that will not benefit him in the long run but hurt him (Metzger). Troy has tough love for Cory, and the he kind of talk to Cory in a hostile way sometimes only because he sees him following his footsteps and he thinks it is impossible for him to reach his dream that way. Troy says, “I told that boy about that football stuff. The white man aint gonna let him get nowhere with that football” (Wilson 8).
Troy blames racism for holding him back from achieving his dream of playing major league baseball (Koprince). Troy has a really painful past and he experienced so much negativity, anger, hatred and other obstacles that he would not really let his family get close to him. Troy past left him scarred he did not let anyone get close to him he built a fence of misery and anger around himself to keep him from being hurt by anything else. While Troy was being stubborn and stuck in the fence his family loves starts slipping away because his protection from his past is stronger than love itself. Cory has a...

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