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Mead1 Cami Mead Spring 2020 English 200 The Past of the Plays History tends to fascinate the people living in the present. It teaches us the wrongs that happened, what we do want to be and how we can change. The past and the present are intertwined, yet very distinct from one another. Play writers August Wilson and Tom Stoppard both have told stories that are heavy in the past and in the future. While both plays are similar they are also very different. In both they examine the past and the present. Wilson’s play is more natural, remienesent tells of the past, Stoppard’s play flashes between time periods with a blink of an eye with complex language, while these are very different and they are also more similar than one would think. In Wilson’s play Fences the past and present are ever present. Troy Maxson is the main character of the play. He has clear ideals on how life should be, wants his kids to succeed and wants to protect them in his own way. Maxson works hard, gives his wife Rose his paychecks, he fights for equality even if it is not in the right way. Maxson mentions his dad, he was born and raised on a farm with his 11 brothers and sisters. He talks about how his dad scared him away for a girl just so he could get with her himself. When Maxson hits him he leaves the farm at the age of 14. In act one scene four Maxson is talking about his old dog blue with Bono and Rose. His dog comes up a lot throughout the play especially in the form of a song. He was singing the song drunkenly on the porch steps when he threw Cory out, he even teaches it to his daughter Raynell, her and Cory end up singing it together on the day of his funeral. For Maxson much of his past defines his present:
Mead2 Troy. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t known my daddy. He ain’t cared nothing about no kids.

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