Discusses the August Wilson play set in the 1950s. Conflict between father Troy and his son Cory. Troy's relationship with his family; his sense of responsibility. His bitterness over past and present racial discrimination, including being kept out of the all white major baseball leagues. The different symbolism of the fence to Troy and to Cory.
One often wonders whether fences were built to keep people out or to keep them in. August Wilson’s play shows us both sides of that... more
One often wonders whether fences were built to keep people out or to keep them in. August Wilson’s play shows us both sides of that old adage. Troy has just finished serving fifteen years in prison and now has an honest job. Upon returning to his life, however, he wants to rule the lives of his wife, Rose, who is more than willing, his injured brother, Gabriel, who doesn’t understand the world’s realities any more, and his son, Cory, who dreams of going to college and playing football, but whose dreams are shattered by his father’s different dreams for him.
It would be easy to say that Troy destroyed his family, and, eventually himself. Wilson searches far deeper for the reasons Troy does and says what he does. It is the 1950s, and slowly things are changing for American’s blacks. Yet, the change comes too late for Tro