Why Is August Wilson Important In Fences

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Fences in Fences August Wilson's Fences is about Troy Maxon, an aggressive family head who struggles to keep a successful relationship with his family and friends. Fences are used to either keep things and people out or in. Troy Maxon built many personal fences and committed many actions to do just that. He has spent the later part of his life trying to support his family and make sure that he fulfills his responsibility as the man of the house, a far cry from what he had in his own abusive childhood. All of the obstacles he faced in his past life severely impact the way he handles relationships and situations in the present. His harsh past has caused him to develop difficult relationships with most of the characters in the play, especially his son, Cory, and his wife,…show more content…
(Thornton) Rose wants to fence in her loved ones in her fear of losing them all. Troy built up fences to keep his family out of his life by all of the bad decisions he made and he also kept his family in with his constant struggle for power over them. Cory built up fences when his father crushed all his dreams, yet in the end breaks it down by refusing to end up like his father. Work Cited Farrar, Jo N. "Fences." Literary Reference Center. EBSCO, 2003. Web. 26 Oct. 2009 Metzger, Sheri. "An essay on Fences." Drama for Students. Detroit: Gale. Literature Resource Center. Gale. Trident Technical College. Web. 26 Oct. 2009 Thornton, Jerome E. "Fences." Literary Reference Center. EBSCO, 2003. Web. 26 Oct. 2009. Wessling, Joseph H. "Wilson's 'Fences.'." The Explicator 57.2 (Wntr 1999): 123(5). General OneFile. Gale. Trident Technical College. Web. 26 Oct. 2009 Wilson, August. "Fences." Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Compact ed. Vol. 7th. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010. 1572-625.
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