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Comparison Essay

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Kevin Munguia
July 28, 2011
Comparison Essay
The play “Fences” by August Wilson, is a play about a man and the struggles that life gives him during his time in the 1960’s. In the short story “Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone” by James Baldwin, it talks about a boy in Harlem and how he deals with his family and with his own life as a child during the Harlem Renaissance. These stories were written during and inspired by the Harlem Renaissance Era. Since these stories were inspired by and written during this time period, they talk about some of the struggles that African-Americans faced during the time of their stories. These two stories both have a common theme that can be used as a point of comparison for the two.

The play “Fences” by August Wilson revolves around a man named Troy Maxson. Troy is and ex-con who is now working as a garbage man. His dream was to become a major league baseball player. He could never complete this dream due to his race. Later on when they accepted African-Americans to play for the major leagues, he was already to old to play in a major league team. Troy is a hard working man and is now at that point in life dealing with many struggles. He has cheated on his wife of 18 years and is now having another child with another woman. He’s also having trouble at work because of his race also and he’s having troubles with his two sons. He has never been there for his first son, Lyons and with his son Cory, he’s very distant with. Just like Lyons, it’s like he’s never there for him. These problems with his sons revolve around the theme based on father/son relationships. The short story “Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone” by James Baldwin is concentrated mostly on the adventures and memories of a little boy in Harlem, during the Harlem Renaissance Era. The boy’s name is Leo. He has a real close relationship with his older brother Caleb. Leo would cover for Caleb when Caleb would leave him alone to...