Analysis Of August Wilson 's ' Fences ' Essay

708 Words Nov 21st, 2015 3 Pages
August Wilson’s play “Fences” happens on the grimy yard and patio of the Maxson family’s home in Pittsburg PA, in 1957. Troy Maxson, a forceful man who has a nonexistent fight with death. His life depends on supporting his family and ensuring they have the comfort he lacked in his own childhood. Likewise, affected by his own abusive childhood, he turns into an abusive father who administers his younger son, Cory’s life in view of his own past encounters. August Wilson utilizes the symbol of a fence in his play. Three of the most important things fences symbolize are protection, Rose and Troy’s relationship, and the struggle literal and figurative definitions of humanity and blackness. Throughout the play fences symbolize protection. Rose protects herself by singing, “Jesus be a fence all around me every day Jesus, I want you to protect me as I travel on my way” (1498). This tune shows Rose’s craving for protection. To Rose, a fence represents her adoration. Her yearning for a fence means that Rose represents love and nurturing inside of a protected domain. In any case, Bono shows to Troy that Rose needs the fence to protect her love ones. He says, “Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in. Rose wants to hold on to you all. She loves you” (1514). Bono asks Troy, “Nigger, why you got to go and get some hard wood? You aint doing nothing but building a little fence. Get you some pine wood. That’s all you need” (1513). Troy’s…

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