Analysis Of George Wilson 's ' Fences '

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Taking the Collar
August Wilson was an African American man, born in 1945. The playwright never saw much of his father growing up. Instead, he was raised solely by his mother in a black neighborhood in Pittsburg. This being said, racial discrimination was impossible to escape. Wilson, like most colored people at the time, faced struggles day to day. Eventually, it reached a peak in high school when he’d written an excellent paper on Napoleon, only to be accused of plagiarism because “no black man could write this good.” Fed up with the discrimination, Wilson dropped out of school. He continued to educate himself through the public library, swiftly becoming arguably one of the best American playwrights of all time. Receiving many awards for many of his pieces, he is most famous for his play Fences, an insightful piece about the strife of a colored man’s life in the 50’s. The characters in his story seem to resemble the people in Wilson’s life. For example, Troy Maxson, the protagonist of the story, portrays Wilson’s stepfather. Details including his jail time for murder and his talent for athletics are identical. His wife Rose resembles the much more loving mother. Heartfelt and sincere, this successful chronicle proved that Wilson could play in the big leagues.
The greatest baseball star of his time, Troy Maxson was a truly gifted athlete. Unfortunately, talent was not recognized in blacks, not in this time period. Instead of a roaring crowd cheering his name, Troy was…
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