Parenting Styles and "Fences"

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Celon Blair
Professor Brown
English 102
April 18, 2012

Parenting Styles and “Fences”

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behavior. In psychology there are for parenting styles. They are Authoritarian, Authoritative, Permissive, and Uninvolved. I believe that the best parenting style is Authoritative. This parenting is more involved. They explain rules and punishment. They are open to conversations and questions. In“Fences” by August Wilson we learn that the type of parenting Troy Maxson exhibited was the Authoritarian style. We also explore the minds and behaviors of Troy and Cory Maxson. Is their relationship a strain on them alone or does it affect everyone around them? How, if at all, is their conflict resolved?

According to Kendra Cherry, a child dealing with an authoritarian parent generally leads to an obedient and proficient child. However, they rank lower in happiness, social competence, and self-esteem. In 1960, the American Psychiatric Association did a study where parents had to take on the roles of their children; to try and understand where they come from. Why they can’t accomplish this it proves to them, that sometimes its not as easy being an adolescent that parents believe it is. (Authoritarian Parents and Disturbed Children, Aponte, Adams, Schawb) parents tend to say things like “you have no bills to pay, what do you have to sress about.” They fail to realize that bills are not the main focus of their stress, therefore it wont be the main stress of ours.

Troy Maxson is the father and main character of the play. His relationship with his son Cory was unlike his relationship with his son Lyons. Troy didn’t want Cory to be in sports and exhibited the Authoritarian type of parenting. Forcing him to quit the team and have a job (no ands, ifs, or buts, about it). However, with Tory’s son Lyons, he was on the border between authoritative and permissive. Tory would voice his opinions about Lyons choices and what he felt...
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