Literary Devices In The Play Fences

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August Wilson’s play Fences was written during the time of racism which lead to deferred dreams, and deferred hopes. Troy Maxson is the husband to Rose Maxson and they share one child Cory Maxson however, Troy has a son from another woman and a little girl from a recent affair with a woman named Alberta. August Wilson’s use of dramatic irony helps provide the readers with full awareness of Troy Maxson and his intentions without Rose being aware yet. Throughout the story Troy is sought to be the tragic hero however, Rose is the hero. Rose is a symbol of a rose with no thorns. Rose allows her love to conquer the hatred and obstacles that encounter her. Rose’s use of diction when speaking, and her tone while discussing, display that she is a graceful …show more content…
Scene 1. Troy is discussing with his friend Bono about a woman. The two men discuss about whether or not Troy is with her and Bono is aware while Troy is telling him to mind his own. August Wilson provides this scene and dialogue because we are instantly aware of the conflict that will arise later on in the play. Wilson provides this as nonchalant as possible without providing too many details because he is trying to get the action rising. Through Troy’s actions and diction we are aware he is a man concerned solely on himself and doesn’t care about his family, or his wife. Troy is a man that believes that being the head of the household means he is allowed to be reckless without any concerns. However, Rose is the head of the household mentally. Rose is the fence that keeps her family sealed and safe, which is why Wilson allows his audience to know about Troy’s bad behavior because Rose seen as innocent and unaware throughout the entire …show more content…
Rose is heartbroken and reflects on the past eighteen years and that they have been together that long and he suddenly wishes to explain himself. Rose doesn’t question who, or when or even how it all began because she is not concerned with the affair. Rose is trying to grasp onto why Troy would do such a thing, especially after eighteen years. Rose is in a sense of denial afterwards in her actions and it’s because she would have never guessed her loving husband she fell in love with eighteen years ago would do this to

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