Troy?s relationship with his father was one, which produced much tension, and had a strong influence on Troy?s relationships with his loved ones as an adult. He had very little respect for his father because his father did not, in Troy?s mind, make his family a priority. At an early age, Troy?s father beat him ?like there was no tomorrow? because he caught Troy getting ?cozy? with a girl (549; I,4).
Growing up, Brad never felt like he fit in with his family and since he was so uncomfortable, it affected him into adulthood. Brad is someone who always considers risks when making decisions and the biggest risks he wants to avoid is getting married and starting a family. He fears these life changes because he is afraid of repeating his parents’ mistakes. Brad plays the role of Kate’s long-term partner who in the beginning of the movie supported Brad 's decision of being a couple without any plans to start a family or get married. Even though they aren 't a married couple, people mistake them to be engaged due to their interactions together, which is really dynamic and in sync.
He wants to become a part of an ordinary society and to move forward; however, his deficiency of self-esteem and knowledge held him back from progressing. He used to live with his mother and stepfather in upstate New York, but he had some serious issues with them that had an impact on him to become who he is. He never seems to have had a proper family who inspired him to become better in life. For example, his parents weren't convenient role models for Bone because they drank plenty of alcohol, revealed marriage issues, and didn't seem to be involved in pushing him forward because they relinquished him. Worst of all, his step-father harassed him since he was little and he was incapable of expressing himself about the harassment to his mother.
When Gregor wouldnt let anyone in his room in fear that they would be horrified by his condition, he thought that his family was harassing him because he was in danger of losing his job, and because the chief would begin harassing his parents again for the old debts" (p. 76). At this point, everyone was angry and wanted him to get up for work. All that mattered to the family was what Gregor was able to provide. After his secret of change to an insect was discovered, they realized that he was no longer of any use to the family, and he was unappreciated in every way. He didn't have his job and no longer had anything to offer.
Oedipus essentially has three father figures which differs from the one father figure in Fences whose name is Troy. Oedipus’s real father, Laius is immediately regarded as an irresponsible father figure who doesn’t care about his child’s life. He leaves him in the wilderness for the wild to take his life because he doesn’t to want to take care of him and the oracle predicted his son would grow up and kill him. This leads Oedipus to struggle mightily through his life to reach power without knowing who his father is or getting support from him. Laius could have saved Oedipus from numerous difficulties and horrible mistakes throughout his life but he doesn’t and as a result Oedipus makes terrible decisions that will affect his life in a negative way forever.
For years, he traveled for his work many times that he never had the opportunity to truly get to know his own sons. As a result he did not love them as a father should, his love for his son, Biff, was based on his achievements as an athlete. And when Biff was not able to go to University of Virginina, Willy was so devastated that he no longer loved Biff how he once did before. He was disgusted that Biff had become a bum, Biff had different jobs working at farms. Willy wants Biff to be the successful man that he never was and feels that Biff will not achieve success in the occupation he has taken.
Albert was taught that this was the way to an successful life. Albert feel in love with Shug, they did not marry. Mr.____ was controlled by his father even as an adult. His father wouldn't allow his son to marry Shug. His father didn't want him to actually love, because he never loved himself.
Troy also, let his past influence the relationship he had with his younger son Cory. Because of problems that he ran into when he was trying to become a professional athlete, he assumed that Cory would not be successful either. Troy never showed nor pretended that he had faith in Cory becoming pro. Instead Troy only told his son what he would not be able to do. Troy also let his current mistakes influence his marriage.
He idolized his father and could not believe he would do this to his mother. To spite his father, Biff did not finish school and Willy took this as spitting on him. Through the years the resentment grew to the point they had a non-existent relationship. Willy's relationship with his sons is a contributing point to both the plot and characterization. It seems neither one has lived up to the dreams he has for them.
Throughout the play it's easy to feel anger, pity, and respect towards him. Even though Troy pursues the wrong course in trying to help Cory, it's still apparent that he cares for his son in his fractured way. Troy's bad relationship with his son can be traced back to his own relationship with his father. Troy despised his father, who was mean and didn't show any love to him, but kept by his family due to a sense of responsibility, which is molded into Troy's character. He goes to work everyday to provide for his family even though, but he can't express the love to them that they crave.