FENCES (kellie)

FENCES (kellie) - August Wilson Realism How one survives...

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Unformatted text preview: August Wilson Realism How one survives the past affects the future History- personal and cultural The American Dream Family Family/ marriage Fathers/sons Death/ Baseball Seeds/ Growth The Blues Fences- literal and figurative they keep people in and keep people out Trains freedom, new beginnings The Devil- Troy's struggle with life. The devil is always bringing news of death Troy Maxson Jim Bono Rose Lyons Gabriel Cory Raynell The Hill in Pittsburg PA Time is 1957- eve of 1960s Before legal freedoms became social realities for African Americans. The description of the setting provides a lot of clues to Troy's character. The unfinished fence- Symbolic of things left undone relates to his baseball career his marriage his relationship with Alberta his parenting of Lyons, Raynell, Cory What is he trying to keep out/ trying to keep in? In the yard there is a baseball bat and a ball of rags tied to a tree. Troy uses baseball terms and images as a way of explaining his battle with death his quarrel with Cory his relationship with Alberta Later we learn that Troy was only able to get the house because of his mentally unstable brother. Gabe was injured in the war and receives disability checks. The house is a source of pride and shame. Troy and Bono arrive home and share a pint of gin. They talk of work and we learn Troy is to report to the Commissioners office next week. He has asked why do you have the white mens driving and the coloreds lifting? The civil rights issue of equal opportunities is introduced. Bono asks him about Alberta- Troy denies any involvement. When Rose brings up Corys football recruitment, Troy reveals his bitter experience with baseball. Rose warns Troy he will drink yourself to death Troy responds by comparing death to a fastball on the outside corner He tells a story of how he wrestled death for three days and won. This story is a metaphor for Troy's life, he has always wrestled with death/ living and when it gets hard hed reach way down deep inside myself and find him the strength to do him one better Lyons arrives- another Friday night ritual- asks...
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