An Analysis for the Play Fences

Topics: August Wilson, Plays, Fencing Pages: 3 (1306 words) Published: November 27, 2011
Fences - An Analysis
James E. May
Averett University
History of the Theatre
TH 220 / BBA 469
Ronal Stepney
November 07, 2011

The story line seemed melodramatic throughout the play. The author (August Wilson) has laid the ground work of many themes throughout the play. The play deals with Race, Men and their masculinity, Morality, Dreams and hopes of everyone involved, Family, Duty, Betrayal and Dissatisfaction. The play begins with Troy and his best friend Bono entering the yard chatting as they usually do coming home from work as garage collectors for their company. Every Friday is payday for Troy and Bono and one can usually find these two enjoy drinking down at Taylors (the local watering hole). Troy seems to be upset due to the fact that he tries to rise above “just being a garbage man” and seeks to become a driver of the garbage truck. Troy has made a formal complaint to his boss (Mr. Rand) and asks “Why you got the white mens driving and the colored lifting?” Troy recognized that he has just as much of a right and ability as the “white men” he is working with, and can drive the garbage truck just as well as any of them. Although, Troy didn’t realize it, he was actually leading the way (in his own right) for black men and woman everywhere. But this wasn’t the only issue that Troy is dealing with. Troy has been cheating on his wife Rose with his mistress Alberta and decides to discuss this with his friend Jim Bono (often mostly referred to by his last name Bono in the book). But Rose appears to always be on Troy about building the “Fence” around the yard. This later on in the play seems to have a profound underlying tone to more than just the literal meaning of the word. Troy, although a good man at heart, he seems to be struggling with an issue of facing death.. Troy seems to have his hands full within the play. With every situation, Troy seems to describe them in the terms of baseball. Since Troy was robbed of a potential a...
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