Topics: Learning, Play, Want Pages: 2 (771 words) Published: December 11, 2010
“ Nigger as long as you in my house, you put that sir on the end of it when you talk to me”. Troy Maxson, the Protagonist of Fences, quotes. Troy Maxson is a 53 year old man who is a father and husband. He has led a hard life from being abused by his father to going to jail for fifteen years due to robbery and murder. While in jail, he became a sharp baseball player. He is determined to protect his son Cory from the disappointments and opportunities loss because of the color of his skin. Troy lives in the past and fails to recognize that the world has changed. Troy father was controlling and bitter so he feels as though he must act the same way towards Cory. Troy tries to escape his responsibility of taking care of home, his wife and son by having an affair with Alberta and getting her pregnant. Troy keeps most of his emotions bottled up inside, building imaginary fences between friends, family and even himself. Troy is a static character. His actions do not change throughout the course of the play. He remains controlling and bitter. He was being selfish when he went to Cory’s school and told his coach he can’t play football no more just because he didn’t have a chance when he was playing baseball. There are many elements that reveal changes in Troy, such as, him and Bono use to be so close. Bono use to come to Troy’s house and see him every day until the day they really sat down and talked about Troy’s affair with Alberta. Bono loved Rose and Troy and he didn’t want Rose to get hurt by Troy’s actions. I know what Rose means to you Troy; I’m just trying to say I don’t want to see you mess up (Fences 1065). He reminded Troy of how much he loved his wife and basically telling him he need to end the affair with Alberta before Troy breaks up their home. I’ll be damned! I’ll die and go to hell and play blackjack with the devil before I give you ten dollars (Fences 1580). Troy is an ungenerous person. He couldn’t loan his other son Lyon ten dollars that...
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