Kelsey Sewalson Professor Hoppe English 2342 November 28, 2012 The Role Responsibility plays in “Fences” August Wilson’s play, “Fences”, is about a middle aged black man named Troy who works for a garbage company. Growing up with an abusive father and constantly feeling outranked by the white man, he underestimates his potential and sets his goals accordingly. While constantly battling racism, Troy cripples his son’s dreams of playing baseball due to his own expectations of what he feels his son could potentially achieve as a black man. Troy fails to recognize his good fortune in that he has a wife who treats him well and soon finds himself tangled in an affair. Not only is he unfaithful to his wife Rose, but he also appears to have no conscious for his infidelity and his lack of nurturing towards his family.
But, when his dad came home and was under the influence of the alcohol, he could abuse him, his mom, brother or sister. Suppose if Russell’s mom, would want to stop his dad from doing so, his dad would became more violent than ever. The result was pretty obvious, his brother and sister pulled back from his dad, making his family distant from each other. Only Russell has the thought of taking care of his father and unites each of the family members. By the time Russell grew up, he started to find out about alcoholism.
This in turn causes more friction between the two instead of creating the connection that Cory hopes for. Cory begins to lose respect for his father when he finds out that Troy went to the coach and told him that Cory could no longer play football. Cory believes that the reason his father keeps saying no to football is because Troy is jealous of Cory when he tells Troy, “Just cause you didn’t have a chance! You just scared I’m gonna be better than you, that’s all” (442). With each argument Cory has with Troy, he
They never really got along, however he continues in the text saying that after his father’s death he began to contemplate and wonder why this was. He came to the retaliation that his father was very paranoid even with his own family. Before his death, he stopped eating food from his family because he believed they were trying to poison him. The rest of his essay speaks of the harsh society during the era of the civil rights movement. His father despised white people and barely ever trusted any of them, which was the stem of his paranoia.
Frank is a retired United States Marine Corps Colonel whom subjects his son Ricky to a strict disciplinarian military lifestyle. Ricky does not approve of this life style, but goes along with it to friction with his father. The Frank does not understand nor does he respect Ricky as his son due to lack of interpersonal communication and too high expectations on his part. Ricky was forced into a military academy and a mental hospital where he spent time recording or videotaping things that he believed to be art. Once he returned home he was a marijuana user and drug dealer and his father was under the impression that he was making his money by working catering jobs.
As Victor was growing up, he was also steadily growing apart from his best friend Thomas due to social pressures. I think he didn’t want to be considered a weirdo because he affiliated with one. He was ashamed of being Thomas’s friend. So he beat up Thomas in front of everyone to just show that he wasn’t his friend. After that incident the two never spoke to each other up until the death of Victor’s father.
Ethan Beller Kelly Thompson Advanced English 10 20 January 2015 Delusions in Death of a Salesman In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Willy Loman’s delusions and the effects it has on his life and the lives of his family are key to the story line. Willy refuses to see his life as a failure and imagines storylines that he finds acceptable. Both of his sons have attained this trait from their father and lie about their own lives both to themselves and everyone else. Willy is the average American businessman and a metaphor for any American family. He lies and lives on the road degrading himself in every way to attain the friendship with the most people.
He’s too old and ultimately he is losing his mind. Willy’s constant flashbacks and hallucinations begin to get the better of him. But he refuses to admit what is beginning to happen. Willy’s wife goes to her sons because of their fathers’ behavior. She tells them of the noose found in the basement, and also of how Willy has been getting into car ‘accidents.’ She begins to cry and tell Biff and Happy that Willy may not have been the most perfect father or husband or businessman, but he was a good guy and that “attention must be paid.” Clearly his whole family is affected by Willy’s recent behavior and willy can start to recognize this.
He lived his life in the shadow of his dominating father under constant pressure to take over the family business. Kafka’s father viewed Franz as a failure and disapproved of his writing because he wanted Franz to become a business man like him. This obsession with wanting Franz to become a businessman led Herrman to beat his son. His father pushed him away, and choosing literature was a lifelong struggle for him as it was not a well-looked upon career (Hayman). The Metamorphosis also shows resemblance to some of Kafka’s diary entries that depict him imagining his
He is not of noble birth; He is just the average guy. He does however make an error in judgment that leads to his son’s failure and ultimately to his own decline. Willy is having an affair and when Biff finds out, it crushes him. The love between Father and son is destroyed. Biff then decides that he is not going to finish school and therefore does not become successful, which was his Father’s big dream.