Troy Maxson is portrayed as a big man with a very big personality and a lot of dignity. He is a bitter guy who believes that he owes his family absolutely everything, from his money down to even his own soul. He is the type of man who wants more than what he can get and that is what drives him but it is also that very “want” that leads him into a very tragic life. Writing on the idea of Troy being a tragic hero, Martin says “Troy’s ...
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...ter father figure to his kids when he has them. Martin on his analysis of Troy toward the end of his writing states that: “Troy’s ability to meet unyielding and unfriendly expectations can be seen as a strength then that lead to his downfall, as he loses the affections of his wife and son.” (Martin, 2) Because Troy cannot meet his family’s expectations they all loose distrust in him and because of that distrust everything falls apart.
Through Troy having dignity, something to fight for, and his eventual downfall he has all the qualities it takes to be a tragic hero. Troy even though failing his family, all he ever cared about was his family. Troy did not want to see Cory fail like he did trying to become a professional ball player and what Troy failed to realize is that the time has changed and they now live in a different generation with new hope and understanding
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