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Adeline EmbryEnglish 200Daniel Najork12 April 2021FencesandArcadiaSusan Koprince says, “In his Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Fences (1987), August Wilsonuses both the history and mythology of baseball to challenge the authenticity of the American dream. Fences takes place at a time when organized baseball has finally become integrated, but when racial discrimination remains widespread. The protagonist, Troy Maxon--a former Negro League slugger--is consumed with bitterness, convinced that if you are a black man in America, "you born with two strikes on you before you come to the plate" (69). Throughout the play Wilson places Troy within the historical context of the Negro Leagues, allowing his character to echo the feelings of actual black ballplayers who were denied a chance to compete at the major-league level. Furthermore, by situating Troy within three of baseball's mythic settings- the garden, the battlefield, and the graveyard or sacred space--Wilson contradicts the idea of America as a "field of dreams," using baseball instead as a metaphor for heroic defiance.” The play's juxtaposition of past and present comes in the form of a conflict between father and son. Troy is stuck in the past which effects the present. Troy says, “If they got a white fellow sitting on the bench . . . you can bet your last dollar he can’t play! The colored guy got to be twice as good before he get on the team. That’s why I don't want you to get all tied up in them sports. Man on the team and what it get him? They got colored on the team and don't use them. Same as not having them. All them teams the same.”
CORY says, “ The Braves got Hank Aaron and Wes Covington. Hank Aaron hit two home runs