Prof. Maureen Garcia
College Writing II
1 October 2013
The failures of a man
A man full of obsessive dreams, Troy Maxson wanted to play in the professional baseball leagues, but his dreams were crushed due to ethnic discrimination situations. Troy challenged himself to see the achievement of his family, because he was rejected and couldn’t achieve his dreams. He claimed he didn’t want his children to go through what he went through, however, I think he wanted everyone to fail just like him. Troy looses the love of his life, his wife and children by building an obscure fence that is capable of keeping him away from his love ones. Because of the absence of parental affection and marriage steered him to make typical mistakes which cost his relationship with his wife rose, his sons Lyons and Cory, his brother Gabriel and best friend bono.
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Troy brought blasphemy of his failures into his family’s descent; his unawareness to success led to the destruction of a father and son relationship.
In the play Fences, August Wilson shows how Troy could never face the opportunities of his children being able to accomplish what he couldn’t. For example, Troy never succeeded in playing professional baseball leagues because he was black. In this time, blacks were allowed to play. However, his son Cory received a full scholarship to play college football, but troy refused to give his permission. Troy claims he did it to protect Cory from racial discrimination, but I feel it was because he was jealous. Troy’s actions created a lot of disputes, which made the relationship with his son fail. Rose wanted Troy to build a fence, but Troy didn’t understand why. Bono, Troy’s best friend explained, “Fences are built to keep people out and to keep others in.” Rose wanted the fence to be made because she wanted to keep her love ones in. later on in the play, fences becomes a symbol of separation between troy and the people he loves
Cory decides to leave the house to become a man, but when he leaves his father tells him his things would be on the other side of the fence. At this point the fence changes into a symbol of parting between father and son. Troy then builds a wall by being unfaithful to the woman who gave him so much. Troy cheated with a woman named Alberta. Because of his unfaithfulness, Alberta ends up pregnant yet dies while giving birth to a child named Raynell. Who Rose became responsible for. Troy’s wounds from his past made him obstinate and selfish. Troy was a man who couldn’t chase his dreams. He couldn’t stand the fact that his children were going to be successful without him. Although his role and desire were to protect his family from the world, his defeats led himself to destroy and make lasting harms to his own family. Rose asked for the fence to be built, not because it displayed protection, or safety, but because it also showed the separation between two diverse worlds.