Analysis Of Fences By August Wilson Essay

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A person’s history will often shape his or her identity. African Americans who grew up in the early to mid 1900s held a different outlook towards society in relation to those that were born later. Although most of the blame lies on segregation being legalized through Plessey vs. Ferguson, African American’s approach towards their place in society obstructed their view for a better future. This was especially prevalent in males around the age of forty in the mid to late 1950s: the reason being that they were born and raised in a time when segregation was legalized and widely accepted. August Wilson, an African American playwright, illustrates the struggle between the past generation, whose view is obstructed, and the future generation, whose vision is for a better future for themselves. Fences is a play written by August Wilson that is set in the 1950s. The main character, Troy Maxon, has faced racial segregation all his life and believes that African Americans have their place in society. Troy’s son, Cory Maxon, struggles to show his father that the color barrier in sports is disappearing. Gabriel Maxon, Troy’s brother, had been in an accident during World War II and is both mentally and physically disabled; however he continues to face society’s main problem, racism. In the play Fences, August Wilson illustrates how African Americans in the early to mid 1900s faced limitation from both society and their past through the Maxon family’s struggle with the aftereffects of…

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