Analysis Of The Play Fences By August Wilson Essay

1992 Words Aug 4th, 2015 8 Pages
Even after the Civil War, in which all African-Americans no longer were deemed as slaves, the life of the black person did not get easier. For generations, the struggle to come out of impoverished lifestyles had been deemed as almost impossible. Faced by segregation, no equal rights, and the KKK, the newly freed African-Americans were not able to completely submerge themselves to “freedom”. Little by little, new opportunities emerged; however, the depths of acrimony and pain prevented blacks to completely embrace them. Those who fought for the chance to make history, emerged successful, but those who let the past hold them back, continued to live in the restrictions of the past. In the play Fences, August Wilson utilizes symbols and subplot to prove that the inability to overcome one’s damaged past will only lead to more suffering. The 1950’s-1965 was a period of time when the fights against segregation were barely showing results. One of the most “significant developments in civil rights in the immediate postwar era was when Jackie Robinson eliminated the color restriction in major league baseball by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers” (Schwartz). In many ways, 1957 was one of the most important years of the decade for it was the year that enacted the first Civil Rights Act which paved the road to desegregating the franchise and towards the American Dream-hopes and democratic ideals. Legally, African Americans had been free for about ninety-four years but still had…

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