Fences by August Wilson Essay

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Fences by August Wilson

We all lead lives filled with anxiety over certain issues, and with dread of the inevitable day of our death. In this play, Fences which was written by the well known playwright, August Wilson, we have the story of Troy Maxson and his family. Fences is about Troy Maxson, an aggressive man who has on going, imaginary battle with death. His life is based on supporting his family well and making sure they have the comforts that he did not have in his own childhood. Also, influenced by his own abusive childhood, he becomes an abusive father who rules his younger son, Cory?s life based on his own past experiences. When the issue comes up of Cory having a bright future ahead of him if he joins the football team,
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The main character of this play, Troy
Maxson, considers death to be a part of the baseball game of life. In one part of the book he gives a description of how death came to him when he was in the hospital, and he told it to return another time. Death is one of his main insecurities. As he gets older he feels death coming closer and closer. It seems as if, just to hold death in abeyance by trying to feel young again, he has an affair with this other woman named Alberta. Death strikes closer to home base for Troy, when his mistress dies while giving birth to a baby girl. At this point in the book he makes a deal with death. He says to it, ? Ain?t nobody else got nothing to do with this. This is between you and me. Man to man. You stay on the other side of that fence until you ready for me.? (page 77). The fence is very symbolic in this situation. It symbolizes his insecurity about death and how he has put up these imaginary fences for protection. It leaves us with a very clear image of this agressive man who fears nothing in life, except death.

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