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Riddle 1 Addison Riddle Professor ENG 200 June 13 th , 2021 Paper 2: Writing About Drama Time is an irreversible continuation of the past. Only through knowledge and constant awareness of the connection between current actions and possible outcomes can people allude to the idea that history does not repeat itself. The plays Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and Fences by August Wilson exemplify the importance of the choices at hand in the present moment. Using the characters from both plays, the idea that people can prevent time from unfavorably repeating itself develops with the use of awareness of the importance of moving forward beyond the intangible past to expand knowledge for future generations. Both plays have a thematic topic of the irreversibility of time. The play Arcadia is about the intermingling of time periods, the early 19th century and the present 1990s, and its characters. The characters, Thomasina Coverly (past) and Valentine Coverly (present) are working simultaneously on chaos theory, which is a math and science theory that focuses on predicting things that are otherwise impossible to predict. This play focuses on each period of time and what the characters are experiencing in relation to the opposing period. The second play Fences is about Troy Maxson, a working father in the 1950’s and a victim of racism and discrimination, who had dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. Maxson was too old when the major leagues began to accept blacks, however, he believes it is solely due to racism. His bitterness towards the racism he has experienced not only in sports but in life itself creates tension between him and his family when his son, Cory gets a football scholarship. While each play is differing in the time period, both plays focus on the juxtaposition of past and present and how it plays a role in the current lives of the characters.
Riddle 2 Troy Maxson is an example of someone unable to move forward from the amalgamation of past and present. Maxson says, in response to Rose, his wife, saying he was too old to have played major league baseball, “What do you mean too old? Don’t come telling me I was too old. I just wasn’t the right color. Hell, I’m, fifty-three years old and can do better than Selkirk’s .269 right now!” (Wilson 54). Similar to August Wilson’s stepfather, Troy is angry about the racism he faced in his life. It is justifiably difficult during this time for a black man to believe the color of his skin is not the reason for being cheated out of his dreams rather than due to age or ability.

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