To begin, in the play Fences the author reveals the impact that race has towards Troy by reminiscing on Troy’s past as a baseball player and his experience with racial discrimination. Towards the beginning of the play, Troy starts to talk about how his son Cory wants to play football in high school and pursuit it
August Wilson uses baseball ideology to construct the mindset of his protagonist, Troy Maxson, in “Fences”; however, Wilson also uses Troy to embody black America in the 50s. The metaphorical and literal significance of baseball is the driving force Troy’s subjectivity and ideology. Whether it be comparing death to baseball pitch, warning his son to not strikeout, or complaining about being stuck on first base, Troy uses baseball to explain life to those around him. Ironically, it is baseball that actually leads to Troy’s psychic castration. Although Troy was older when he was released from prison and playing in the Negro leagues, racism held younger players from competing with white Americans and there is no doubt that Troy saw this as what held him back as well. Unable to play in the major leagues bitters Troy’s attitude towards life and affects his relationship with his son, Cory, and wife, Rose. While on a micro level, the rules and mechanics of baseball have a negative impact on Troy’s mentality, on a macro level Troy’s loyalty to the game can be seen as an empowering force for black America in the 50s. The idea of not striking out, and the fetish of the home-run is meant to represent the black community’s resistance against society’s racism during this time. Although the ideology of baseball consumes Troy to the point of his own personal strikeouts, the ideology itself, and who Troy represents, is suppose to represent black America’s fight against a racist
In Fences, August Wilson introduces an African American family whose life is based around a fence. In the dirt yard of the Maxson’s house, many relationships come to blossom and wither here. The main character, Troy Maxson, prevents anyone from intruding into his life by surrounding himself around a literal and metaphorical fence that affects his relationships with his wife, son, and mortality.
Fences can be viewed as a family play, it can also be viewed as a work specifically of the black man's place, or plight, in a predominantly white world. Either way, it has a very valuable message. It is a true art to be able to touch on so many aspects of life in a work, aspects that may be viewed differently by different people.. Wilson's work, and the character of Troy Maxson, makes me question many things, among them myself, as well as his intended message. This is why I am so in awe of Fences, and of Wilson's talent. This is why I am writing my paper on Fences.
In addition, "Baseball as History and Myth in August Wilson's Fences," this article focuses on the dramatization of "fences," by August Wilson . Wilson uses both history and mythology of baseball to challenge the legitimacy of the American dream. "Fences" takes place at time where baseball has finally become integrated. Wilson focus on the history of African American baseball that began in America during the decades following the civil war and continued in various form until 1947. In addition, Wilson uses Troy skills in the Negro Leagues to indicate that the American dream stays out of reach for people of African ancestry. Moreover, Troy points out an
Plays, “Fences” and “A Raisin in the Sun” share similar plots. They take place in the mid-western United States in the 1950’s and explore the family dynamics of the African-American Family and the paradigmatic shift it experienced between two generations. The older generation, who could remember slavery by first-hand experience or by being born during a time when success for the average African-Americans was systematically stifled by racist and unconstitutional laws that were put in place when slavery was legal, and the young generation that began to show some sense of entitlement, had begun to overcome institutional barriers to succeed and empower
In this unit we read a play written as a book, called “Fences”. Fences is about racism written in the 1986. The play is based around the main characters Troy and Rose, and their son Cory. Troy has stated that he has felt the need to provide a life for Cory but doesn't need love him. Troy is wanting Cory to stop playing football and get a real job at the A&P so he can provide for himself. Rose has been trapped in between all of this. All in all, the play Fences written by August Wilson uses the narrative element of characterization of Troy and Rose, the metaphor of sports, and conflict that Troy creates to show tension.
The play Fences by August Wilson centers around the character of Troy, a middle-aged African-American man. Troy struggles to keep his family together, mostly as the result of mistakes he has made as a husband and parent. These mistakes reflect certain personality traits that make up Troy’s complex character, including his obsession with providing financially, his inability to love his family, and his stubborn insistence on others following the paths he decides for them. These character traits can be explained by the social, racial, and economic climate of the time. Fences takes place in late 1950’s Pennsylvania during the beginning of the Civil Rights Era, and Troy’s character is shaped by the disappointments that have come along with racism and economic difficulty, along with not being up to date on the changes happening in the Civil Rights movement. Although Troy and his character traits are responsible for the tragic decisions he has made, it is possible that the social context of the time has shaped him into the person he is.
August Wilson’s play Fences brings an introspective view of the world and of Troy Maxson’s family and friends. The title Fences displays many revelations on what the meaning and significance of the impending building of the fence in the Maxson yard represents. Wilson shows how the family and friends of Troy survive in a day to day scenario through good times and bad. Wilson utilizes his main characters as the interpreters of Fences, both literally and figuratively. Racism, confinement, and protection show what Wilson was conveying when he chose the title Fences.
The conflict during the play “Fences” was the unsatisfied dreams the Maxson Family had. Troy could not make it into baseball because he was over age. “Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.” (Hughes, Harlem 617). Troy cannot overcome his failure.
Alan Nadel argues that the object of the fence in August Wilson’s play, “Fences” symbolizes a great struggle between the literal and figurative definitions of humanity and blackness. The author summarizes the play and uses the character Troy to explain the characterization of black abilities, such as Troy’s baseball talents, as “metaphoric,” which does not enable Troy to play in the white leagues as the period is set during segregation (Nadel 92). The author is trying to use the characters from the play as examples of black people during the segregation years to show how people of that time considered black people not as literal entities and more like figurative caricatures. Stating that these individuals were considered to be in a
August Wilson’s Fences emphasizes on two main selections of otherness, one on racial otherness and one on generational otherness. Wilson’s play is a universal concept that many struggle with today. Parents try to look out for the best way to help their children be successful in life though at times failing to take into account of the child’s hopes, wishes and dreams. Troy used to be a skillful baseball player at his prime that was unfortunately discriminated against due to the color of his skin. Though the urging of his best friend and wife that “[he] just came along too early” (7, Wilson) Troy does not feel as if his son Cory’s athletic scholarship would be beneficial to him. Troy argues that “the white man ain’t gonna let [Cory] nowhere with
"Fences" the play is about an African-American man who tries to raise his family and overcome the statistics in the 1950s. The main character Troy is a garbage collector who was a great ballplayer for the Negro leagues. Troy is a very arrogant man; he becomes the center of attention of his family, even though he tries to change his life. In act one he expresses his discomfort with Bono his best friend about how unfair his boss Rand is with the colored man. According to act one Troy had asked Mr. Rand Why"? Why you got the white’s men's driving and the colored lifting? “Told him what's the matter, don't I count? You think only white fellows got sense enough to drive a truck. That ain't a paper job! Hell, anybody can drive a
In so many ways Fences is such an ordinary story that its power comes from the ways in which ordinary people hear and view it. There is no doubt but that the metaphor of the fence prevails, working its way across work, family, friendship and the emotional pain of living a life literally dependent on garbage for survival. This is what Wilson wrote about in his Fences of the 1950s. In retrospect, however, it doesn't take a lot to put some of these pieces together yet again to create a difference story of its own kinds of fences, wooden, social, economic. But then or now, this story is still about the ordinary failing of a person who cannot figure out how to get out of the box that surrounds him and who thus finds himself pulling others inside his own fenced in troubles and pains. Being a black man wasn't easy then and it isn't easy today.
In 1965, August Wilson wrote his play “fences” asking the question if a neglected and misplaced black man living in the mid 1900’s that has an unfulfilled talent for baseball be satisfied or miserable? The play uses many different literary devices such as symbolism, imagery, allegory. Wilson wrote this play and used the various literary devices to help depict the theme of the play which is the fences. Wilson uses these literary devices and theme to tell the life story of Troy Maxon and the friends and family that surround him. Troy cannot break the racial issues and is not allowed to play in the big leagues and that being his major setback and the reason for unreasonable appalling attitude.