Analysis Of August Wilson 's ' Fences '

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August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ August Wilson’s play ‘Fences’ captures the evolving African-American experience and evaluates the relations between the races among other themes. Set in the 1950’s, ‘Fences’ is a story of how a tragic character assists in paving the way for other African- Americans to possess opportunities amid circumstances in which they are not at liberty to experience, but they nevertheless, make sacrifices and apply their talents (Shannon 3). Baseball and racism, being two of the major themes in the play, are used to bring out the predicament of the struggles of the black people. Although there are many struggles that African-Americans continue to endure, after reading ‘Fences’ I can appreciate how hard the struggle was for them. As I get older also I can also see how racism affected their lives then and sadly continues to plague in different capacities today. It is Friday, Troy and Bono have just received their pay. They head to Troy’s place for their weekly dose of talk and drinks. Troy has an issue with Mr. Rand, their manager because he only lets black employees pick up garbage and not drive trucks that transport garbage. Bono suspects that Troy is having an affair, while Troy’s son, Cory, has been accepted onto a college football team. Troy happened to play baseball in the black people leagues, but never made it to the Major Leagues since he was advanced in age when the league began recruiting black players. Troy begins a narration on his close encounter with death. Lyons shows up in the house since he knows that Troy has received some money. Troy is also reminded by rose about the fence that he had been asked to complete. As Cory and tr... ... middle of paper ... ...his complaint, however, Troy eventually went on to become the first colored garbage truck driver in his city. On another instance, Troy is talking about a situation where a coworker who was carrying a huge watermelon but hid it so that a white person could not see him carrying it. Here, the author draws from an old stereotype about blacks that is popular, that they like watermelons. Here, we could infer that the coworker was afraid of confirming the stereotype held by the white folk, and thus appear to be a typical black person. ‘Fences’ by August Wilson shed light on the plight of the black man and his struggles with racism and acceptance in the American society. He delves beneath the façade of equal opportunity to shed light on the challenges the African- American community face in the various spheres of their lives and how they are understood in society.

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