The Themes Of Racism In Fences By August Wilson

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Some critics complain that August Wilson’s play are too subtle and that nothing happens. With Fences August Wilson proves that his plays are not too subtle, but they are in actuality dramatic. Fences is a dramatic work because it demonstrates many conflicts. August Wilson brings to light many problems that people dealt with at the time. In Fences Troy faces racism, has marital problems, and has problems with his two sons. First of all, August Wilson did a phenomenal job in demonstrating the reality of many African Americans at the time having to deal with racism. Troy Maxson struggles with never realizing his dream of becoming a player for the MLB simply because of the color of his skin. Throughout the play Troy talks about how his dream of …show more content…
Troy is a garbage collector and at his job only the white men are able to drive the garbage trucks. Troy confronts Mr. Rand by asking why they have “the white men driving and the colored men lifting” (10). He goes on to ask Mr. Rand if he thinks that “only white fellows got sense enough to drive a truck” (10). Troy simply wants them to “change the job description. Give everybody a chance to drive the truck “(12). By showing the realities that many African Americans struggled with August Wilson was able to bring to his audience the chance to for a moment step into the shoes of an African American …show more content…
Troy growing up had a father that was just as “evil as he could be” (1.4.109). He explains that his faither “ain’t cared about no kids. A kid to him was nothing”(1.4.101). By letting Troy tell about his father August Wilson was able to show a little more of why Troy is the way he is. Troy has two sons Lyons and Cory. Lyons only comes around only “when he needs something” (1.1.131). Cory in the other hand is going to school and plays football. Troy dislikes that his son Lyons wants to be a musician and is “too lazy to work” (1.1.137). Cory wants to follow in his father’s footsteps. Troy ruins his son’s chance at going to college and playing football by talking to the coach to not let him play anymore. Troy seems to believe that he only wants “him to move as far away from [his] life as he can get” (1.3.111). Cory believes it is because Troy is scared that he will be better than him. By causing conflict between father and son August Wilson makes his audience dislike Troy even

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