Analysis Of Fences By August Wilson

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Fences by August Wilson is a play set in 1957 about Troy Maxson and the problems he deals with at work and at home. In this play Troy deals with his son Cory wanting to play college football, trying to find equality in his work place, and an affair. Although this play’s main character is Troy, his wife Rose is a character that has her own share of problems. Rose is ten years younger than Troy and they have one child together, Cory. She is a loving and faithful wife who always finds it in her heart to forgive Troy for any wrongs that he does. She has given 18 years of her life for Troy and their son Cory, yet through it all she is still not appreciated by Troy.
The interactions Rose has with other characters in the play shows the audience she
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It took a lot for her to change the way she acted towards Troy, because for eighteen years her life revolved around him and their son. She made sacrifices and gave up other things she wanted for her relationship with him. “I planted myself inside you and waited to bloom. And it didn’t take me no eighteen years to find out the soil was hard and rocky and it wasn’t never gonna bloom” (Wilson 1584). Rose tells him this because she gave so much of herself up for him and the all he did was betray her in the end. She knew what she gave him would was never enough for him. He never gave back the same kind of love or sacrifice, but that did not stop her from holding on to their relationship. This betrayal is what pushed Rose to change how she acted towards her husband. The audience can see the most change in Rose when Troy brings his daughter back from the hospital. The baby’s mother died and she is left as a motherless baby. Rose being the person she is agrees to take in the baby, but tells Troy he is now a womanless man. By doing this Rose significantly changes what the audience thought her character was. She went from forgiving Troy for all her faults, to putting her foot down and doing what was best for her by cutting him out of her life

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