Fences Paper - In both August Wilson\u2019s play \u201cFences,\u201d and Tom Stoppard\u2019s \u201cArcadia,\u201d the construct and overall illumination of time is one of

Fences Paper - In both August Wilsonu2019s play...

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In both August Wilson’s play “Fences,” and Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia,” the construct and overall illumination of time is one of the most pervasive* themes in each story. Although each play exhibits* vast differences in the way time is represented*, they both utilize the setting to inhibit* this significance*. Through deep* exploration of Stoppard’s and Wilson’s work, I hope to show* the vitality of time and how the contrast of past versus present acts as a way to correlate* a multifaceted lens iin the representation* of the plot. Although time is maintained through a present function in “Fences,” Wilson uses the fluidity of the past through memories as a way to create significance in the plays prose. Troy Maxson, whom Wilson uses as the story’s overall guide through ‘time’ – is the protagonist and main character of the story. His recollections - which vary* from chaotic to nolstagic - create a point of reference in the overall understanding of his day to day life and overall philosophy. It’s clear that Wilson uses memory as a tool to extend beyond the ‘fences’ of the play; becoming a social commentary on the historical context and the significance* of the past versus the present*. The setting of Wilson’s play, which occurs* sometime during the 1950s, acts as the main reference point for the plot. Although “Fences” is tethered to a specific period, it does utilize its dialogue, character traits, and overall storyline to inhibit* this exploration of past and present. Although the progression of civil rights and social equality becomes a topic of great importance in the present time, it seems that Wilson’s protagonist Troy Maxson, is still living through the focus of his past. Troy’s bitterness only entices his inability to let go, further deepening the symbolic resonance of time and meaning in “Fences.” Wilsons exploration of time is often viewed through a two way mirror. The historical backdrop of the setting as well as the personal history of Troy, seems to correlate* with one another. The more Wilson elaborates* on Troys history, as well as the social context of the present time period, the clearer it becomes as to why Troy struggles so much with his own past*. It’s clear then that Troy is used as a reference point in exploring the extremes of time and the effects it can have on personal development. For instance, despite his inability to drive, Troy protests his job for the exclusionary* driver positions that seem to only be offered to whites. At the same time, Troy also refuses* to acknowledfe* the gradual* progression of race relations, which seems to be a direct cause of his own past bitterness. Although major league baseball

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