He also uses a variety of other symbols such as trains, seeds and growth, the linking of baseball with death and the typical music of the African Americans – the blues, to portray the history and circumstances surrounding these people and the frustrations they experience. This play is important in that it provides a glimpse into black history that was riddled with unfairness and prejudice, poverty and cruelty.
Both these plays draw attention to minority sections of the population, while the Doll’s House reveals the plight of women and the manner in which they were oppressed by being forced to confine themselves to home and hearth, The Fences reveals the sad history of the blacks as slaves and their struggle to fight against prejudice. However, one important distinction that must be drawn between these two plays is the fact that while Nora is portrayed as an innocent victim of society and the existing mores of the time, Troy Maxson is partly responsible for his own fate. He has been shaped by the circumstances of his own childhood and his experiences with the cruelty of his own father; however this has not been enough of a lesson for him to avoid his father’s bad example because he engages in adulterous behavior despite having a good wife and imposes his will on his own