Essay on Analysis Of August Wilson 's Play Fences

785 Words Dec 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Troy Maxson is the protagonist of August Wilson’s play Fences. Throughout the play, Troy believes that the society is responsible for his problems and failures. Troy makes mistakes, but blames them on his limited opportunities and the society’s response towards his race. Troy blamed the society for his problems, but he was responsible for his own failure. Troy is to blame for his failure because he blames white men for his failure, has a poor relationship with his son, and has an affair that threatened the closeness of the family
First, Troy believes that white men are responsible for his problems. Troy believes that white men are the reason why he did not get to pursue his dream of being a professional baseball player. Troy says, “I’m talking about if you could play ball then they ought to have let you play. Don’t care what color you were” (Wilson 1029). This statement from Troy implies that he never moved on from the fact that he could not play baseball. Moreover, Troy does not accept that racial inequality was decreasing over time. Myles Weber states in his essay, Rescuing the tragic bully in August Wilson’s Fences, that, “…it is Troy 's willful blindness to the culture 's progress toward racial equality that the playwright emphasizes most insistently”. Troy could have started playing baseball after African Americans were allowed to play, but he taught that racial discrimination was still present in baseball. He kept blaming white men for his problems even after they…

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