Analysis Of Troy In The Play Fences By August Wilson

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August Wilson’s 1985 Play Fences studies the intensifying racial tensions in America in the late 1950s. Wilson’s Play follows a single family the Maxsons through the lives of an African American family of that time. While the play does not directly speak of the issues at hand, through the actions and complexity of the main character Troy we understand some of the changes occurring. Troy is a very interesting character that believes he is doing what is best for his family. By doing so he is also the root of all the family’s problems. It is through Troy’s hardness and inability to let go of the past that each member of the family faces all of its issues. It is immediately evident that Troy is a very hard man that has been deeply impacted by …show more content…
His most aggressive action against one of his relationships was his affair with Alberta. Troy cheated on his wife Rose and impregnated another woman. This infidelity is another one of Troy’s backwards actions that can be traced back to his past. Troy’s father can be blamed as the justification behind his actions. Troy never had a true mother figure because his father would drive away every woman that came into his life. His father clear treated women with no respect. Troy did withhold acting like his father for many years but again being stuck in the past caught up to him. Troy could not stand his stagnant life like the way his father needed change and that is why he …show more content…
Troy decided to but his disabled brother back into a mental hospital so he could collect half his disability check. This was right around the time his family was expanding with Raynell. Like when Troy had to steal more after the birth of Lyons he had to have a higher income to care for Raynell so he robbed Gabriel of both his freedom and money. Troy is constantly the villain in Fences but I do believe he was never truly acting out of pure anger. I think he was trying to do the best for his family but, his past left too big of an impact on him to let him see the changing world for Cory and the destruction he was doing to the rest of his relationships. Troy is an admirable character in that he did go to work every day and did what was necessary to keep his family alive. In designing the scene, I wanted it to reflect how stuck Troy is in the past. The more broken down and dilapidated the better. This can be reflected in the yard and fence but, the actual home needed to be solid. Troy was adamant about keep a roof over his family so I felt an ancient looking yet sturdy home was important. The fence keeps a tab on the number of relationships Troy has destroyed. As the fence becomes more finished, the less people that are still in Troy’s life and the closer he is to facing death. Then the fence can keep his spirit out so his family can have a chance at

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