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Fences Analysis How did the fences affect the characters in the play, and how did Fences affect me as a reader? In Fences, written by August Wilson, draws its title from the picket perimeter Troy, the middle aged African American and focal character of the plot, constructs to surround his house located in the Black Pittsburg community in the 1950’s. This structure is ironically symbolic as well as practically useful for Troy and his family. He initially builds the fence in order to protect his family from outside harm; to keep the ties they have strong and unassailable by whatever the world might throw at them. However, as the play progresses, this barricade against exteriorly spawned damage becomes a blockade to those who live within its borders. Troy’s adultery threatens to destroy all ties between him and his wife and son, and the fence keeps them all trapped inside this microcosm. Eventually, Troy does kick his son out from the house and tells him that his belongings will be “on the other side of that fence”. Troy builds the fence in order to
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Unformatted text preview: keep bad things from corrupting his family life. But as it turns out, the very most destructive instrument to his familys happiness ends up being himself. Fences influenced me as a reader in that after comprehending the work as a whole and looking back after reading, I was mentally stimulated to muse over my own life. What fences have I built? What am I trying to keep out? And, perhaps most importantly, What things, like Troy, am I unwittingly bringing into my life that are actually hurting me and the people around me without my realizing it? On a more theatrically applicable level, Fences helps me understand the usefulness of colloquial and regional diction. Where the use of certain slang terms was quite appropriate here, those same terms if applied in a play with a cast of predominantly non-black ethnicity would be extremely offensive....
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course ENGLISH ENC1105 taught by Professor Johnsmith during the Spring '11 term at Harrison College.

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