Fences, a low diction play by August Wilson, expresses the complex relationship between a father

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Fences, a low diction play by August Wilson, expresses the complex relationship between a father and his sons. Troy Maxson, once a baseball star on a Negro League, is now envious of his son Cory who dreams of having a successful football career. Troy also worries that Cory will be treated with the same disrespect that he (Troy) once was during his baseball career. Lyons, Troy's eldest son, is completely misunderstood by Troy, mostly because of his refusal to get a “real” job and his drive to become a musician. Wilson references stories from Troy's past to convey the reason behind Troy's frustration and actions toward his children. To begin to understand Troy, we must observe the tumultuous relationship between Troy and his father.…show more content…
He seems to care a bit more about his children and puts his family first before his job, but throughout the play he pushes his children out of his home a little faster than most families would now-a-days, which is reminiscent of his father. Troy has followed what he knows and is raising his family the only way he knows how (Wilson 1310-1313). Of the two sons, Lyons seems to be the one that Troy is the most frustrated with. Troy cannot understand any of his actions, especially his love for jazz music. He refers to it as “Chinese music”, hinting that it is something foreign to him that he cannot comprehend. Lyons' music is only one of the many issues his father has with him. Lyons does not have a real job, like Troy. Instead, he plays music where and when he can and his girlfriend supports the two of them. He claims he can't get a decent job anywhere and says he doesn't want to “be punching nobody's time clock”. Lyons frequently asks Troy for money “Well, hell, since you mentioned it... let me have ten dollars.”. This irritates Troy because he works hard for his money only to hand it over to his son who refuses to find a job, though Lyons does eventually pay him back. Troy doesn't understand why Lyons turned out this way, he surely didn't raise him to become jobless and play music, nor did he raise any of his sons to beg for money, especially from their father. He would like to think he brought them up as

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