Paper on the Book, Fences

Topics: Baseball, Life, Protagonist / Pages: 4 (999 words) / Published: Oct 9th, 1999
Essay On Fences

We all lead lives filled with anxiety over

certain issues, and with dread of the

inevitable day of our death. In this play,

Fences which was written by the well known

playwright, August Wilson, we have the story

of Troy Maxson and his family. Fences is about

Troy Maxson, an aggressive man who has on

going, imaginary battle with death. His life

is based on supporting his family well and

making sure they have the comforts that he did

not have in his own childhood. Also,

influenced by his own abusive childhood, he

becomes an abusive father who rules his

younger son, Cory's life based on his own past

experiences. When the issue comes up of Cory

having a bright future ahead of him if he

joins the football team, Troy refuses to allow

him. The root of this decision lies in his own

experience of not being allowed to join the

baseball team due to the racial prejudices of

his time. He does not realize that times have

changed and because of his own past, he ruins

his son's life too. His wife, Rose, also plays

a big part in the way the story develops. Troy

has an affair with another woman called

Alberta. When Rose finds out about the affair,

she is devastated. In this situation we find

out what her own hopes and dreams were. All

she wanted was a happy home and family life

because of her unstable past. The theme of

this story is how a black family, in the late

fifties to early sixties, faces the problems

that many families are faced with, but in

their own unique ways. This theme can be

traced and observed through the insecurities

and resulting behaviors of the two main

characters, Troy and Rose Maxson.

The main character of this play, Troy

Maxson, considers death to be a part of the

baseball game of life. In one part of the book

he gives a description of how death came to

him when he was in the hospital, and he told

it to return another time. Death is one of his

main insecurities. As he gets older he feels


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