August Wilson Fences

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“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the gun down.” This quote was said by Malcolm X, who was an African American Minister and a human rights activist. It means that sometimes you have to fight in order to achieve peace. I agree with what he said because in order to get what you want you have to fight for it. Two literary works that reflect this quote are Fences, a play about the struggles of African American before and during the Civil Rights Era in the 1950s and 60s, by August Wilson and “The Yellow Wallpaper” a short story that shows the difference between women and men during that time, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. ‘Fences’ shows the revolution the characters face, their actions and what is the result of those choices. …show more content…
The lack of acknowledgment in the play Fences between Troy and Cory cause their relationship to decline even further. One of the greatest sources of disappointment in Troy 's life is the fact that he wasn 't allowed to play pro baseball, Even though he used to hit homeruns in the Negro Leagues, he couldn 't go to the majors because of racial discrimination. He doesn 't let Cory play football, because he doesn 't want Cory to feel what he felt during his time. Troy’s lack of acknowledgment of Cory’s potential destroys Cory’s dream by not signing the papers and not letting the college recruiter from coming. "I got sense enough not to let my boy get hurt playing no sports"(Wilson 39) He unconsciously stats that he doesn 't want Cory to feel how he felt during his time. This quote references flashback because in this quote Troy refers back to what had happened to him during his athletic career, and how it affected his life. In this quote he speaks like a father who is making decisions for his son and his future, even though the people around him is telling him that the time has changed and it is not like before. Troy’s lack of acknowledgment causes Cory to lose his dream and late Cory to leave the house.

In the play Fences, Troy’s ‘demand for change’ caused him to revolt against the company. Even after the abolishment of slavery the blacks were not treated equally nor had any

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