Family Complications "Fences"

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Stacey Mondschein Eng 106 51 Essay 3: Drama April 19, 2012 Family Complications In the play Fences, written by August Wilson, the father Troy Maxson has complications with his son Cory, primarily due to a huge generation gap. There are many similarities and differences that help complicate their relationship. The main issue stems from racial discrimination that is practices by the white in the black populations in the early 1900’s. Troy refuses to see the world/society that Cory is currently growing up in and that is the central conflict in their relationship that destroys it. One of the differences that complicate their relationship is that they have grown up in completely different time periods. Troy grew up in a time period where segregation existed, and Cory lives in a period where it is about to end. Cory is a talented athlete. His hopes that he will get a scholarship to play football in college. Troy says to his son “your mama tell me you done got recruited by a college football team? Is that right?”(1323). Cory explains to him that his coach Zellman told Cory that a recruiter would be by the house for his father to sign permission papers to play. Troy’s failure to play in the major leagues due to the color of his skin makes him a bitter and angry man, especially towards his sons. He denies them of everything they like or that they feel good Troy does not want Cory to play football, because he himself was once let down by a sports experience. Troy was sent to prison for stealing, and when the Major Leagues started accepting black, his athletic ability was no longer an admiration. Emotionally, the time Troy spent in jail and his experience with segregation forever left a negative imprint on his relationship with whites and racism. As a result of this, Troy tells Rosie, “I don’t want him to be like me! I want him to move as far away from my

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