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Melissa Mann
Eng 102
William Carr

One of my favorite selections we have read this semester called "Fences" by August Wilson, sets the perfect example of time and conflict. From reading the play, I feel like the author directly and indirectly reveals the specific time period, so you can better picture his story. What i know from reading this play, is that It takes place in the north, in pittsburgh, in the 1950s, somewhere after the Martin Luther King era. Troy Maxson, the main character, had a hard life growing up. He grew up with an abusive father, went to jail, and his dream of becoming a major league baseball player never could happen because of his age and the color of his skin. Troy was left with nothing but bitterness and resentment because of his lost opportunities, and tries to keep his son Cory from the same disappointment. Troy lives in the past and fails to accept that the times have changed. His father was brutal and controlling, and although Troy loves his son, he knows of no other way to raise him. Because of this, he repeats the same mistakes his father made. When it comes to his son's amazing opportunity to play college football instead of working, Troy is infuriated, demands he gets his job back, and goes out of his way to call the coach and make sure Cory doesn't play. Later on other conflicts like Troy's affair, result in Cory and Troy getting physical and fighting, eventually leading to Troy kicking his son out of his house to be on his own. You can conclude at the end of the play that Cory develops a cold heart towards his farther for all that he put him through. Cory comes home from the marines when it comes time for Troy's funeral, Cory refuses to attend, but his mother tells him not attending does not make him a man. I think the life long conflict Cory has with his father is never truly resolved, but at the end of the day he still loves him.
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