Fences by August Wilson

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'Fences' is a prominent specimen of African-American drama. In 1987 it brought Pulitzer Prize to the author. In "Fences" August Wilson builds the character of Troy Maxson, a personality with strange ideas and qualities whose life can be described as a frustration…

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In a relationship, people should trust each other and appreciate those who are closest to them. ‘Troy is a father and husband who makes the decision derived from human imperfection and outside variables, to commit adultery and become involved in another relationship with a woman. By examining the racial tension of the late nineteen fifties, in combination with Troy's past life experiences and the events that unfold in the play, one can understand Troy's choice to commit adultery’. Troy doesn’t know how to cope with the emotions he has towards his surroundings, so instead of trying to make friends with people he pushes them away. At the end of the play, “Fences”, Troy has driven out from his life so many people that it looks like he is living surrounded by strangers. Though being supported by an excellent support system, wife and best friend, Troy is feeling alone as he had constructed fences to make the people he needs stay emotionally detached from him. Troy, his father, and for a short time his son, in a description of how these men serve to embody the conflict of men and how those conflicts are often inherited from generation to generation. As one can see from this paper, Troy’s tragedy is his inability to look at the life from the other, more positive angle, and to understand that his real success is his family and friends, who always support him. ...
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