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Niosha Odom November 17, 2020 English 200 Essay 2 After reading both Wilson and Stoppard plays, I have noticed that they both take two completely different approaches to literature. In Wilson’s play Fences, he shines the spotlight on race issues during the 1950s while also showing the struggle between a father and his children. In Stoppard’s Arcadia, however, he grasps the audience's attention by approaching from a more scientific but comical aspect. Comparing the two plays, we can see that they do not have anything in common at first glance. But, when we look deeper, we can see that they do share a similarity, and it is that both plays are based on people and their experiences during different points in history. In Fences, we are given a visual as to how Wilson showcases how the past affects the present and one way that he shows this is by describing how Troy was brought up and raised. Troy, the main character in the play, grew up in a broken home. He had no mother and an abusive father. This is what ultimately molded Troy into the person he's become throughout the play. Giving us a little bit more insight into Troy's childhood, we can see how this affects Troy in adulthood in the relationship that he has with his children. In terms of Fences juxtaposition, we can see that Troy's upbringing differentiates from his son Cory. Troy is over-protective of his son and aimed to shield his child from being subjected to racism by preventing him from taking a scholarship, which prevented him from following his dreams. He wanted his son to be as independent and hard-working as he had to be his whole life. Troy knew that being a black man in America during this era was dangerous, and that is why he
felt obligated to protect his son as he was never protected as a child by his parents. Troy made it a point to make sure his son knew that he was not as good as Jackie Robinson and wouldn't receive the same opportunity.

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