Fences by August Wilson

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Growing up, most parents want what is best for their children with the hope that they will lead a better life than the one they had. On the surface, this does not seem to be the case in the relationship between Troy and Cory in August Wilson’s Fences. Troy was a hardworking man who did all he can to provide for his family. Cory worked equally as hard in his athletic career. Troy made a decision to end Cory’s football career out of protection but Cory viewed it as his father’s jealousy. Troy’s rough attitude and relationship towards Cory stems from multiple sources: Troy’s relationship with his own father, his jail time, the fact that he did not make the Major Leagues in baseball due to discrimination, and his reluctance to accept the idea that the times have changed. Each of these plays a distinct role in their relationship, ultimately cultivating in Troy losing Cory for good. When raising children, everything you “learn” on how to be a parent comes from your own parents or the ones that took care of you. Troy’s behaviors or attitudes towards his two sons are reflections of his own experience with his father when he was younger. He had a very rough childhood growing up, to the point where he wishes he never met his father. "Sometimes I wish I hadn't known my daddy. He ain't cared nothing about no kids. [...] But I'll say this for him...he felt a responsibility toward us." (I,iv, pg 50). His father had the same attitude that Troy has with his two sons. They viewed caring

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