Professor Neeley Gossett
1 October 2014
In the play “Fences” by August Wilson, the main characters Cory and Troy are building a fence that Rose their wife/mom has asked them to built. August Wilson did not name his play, Fences, simply because the dramatic action depends strongly on the building of a fence in the Maxson's backyard. Rather, the characters lives change around the fence-building project that serves as both a literal and a figurative device, representing the relationships that bond and break in the arena of the backyard. Rose wants the fence built adds meaning to her character because she sees the fence as something positive and necessary. Bono observes that Rose wants the fence built to hold in her loved ones. Rose knows that Cory and Troy do not get along as well and hopes the fence can bring them closer by working on it together. To Rose, a fence is a symbol of her love for her family. Rose knows the front yard is where they hang out Friday nights and tell their stories and hopes the fence can make them closer and more exclusive to each other. The fence has a purpose to separate them from the world. While Troy is constantly trying to keep things out, his wife, Rose, is trying to keep things in. The fence actually comes to symbolize this difference between the two characters. Troy on the other hand think the fence is a drag and reluctantly work on finishing Rose's project. Bono also observes that to some people, fences keep people out and push people away. Bono indicates that Troy pushes Rose away from him by cheating on her. Troy's lack of commitment to finishing the fence parallels his lack of commitment in his marriage. The fence has come to symbolize to Troy the fact that he's not going down without a fight. Troy declares that he'll resist death up until his last breath. In a lot of ways, Troy's struggle with Death humanizes him. When Troy completes the construction of the fence after this...
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