How Is Troy A Tragic Hero In Fences By August Wilson

analytical Essay
1443 words
1443 words

The play “Fences” by August Wilson it is divided into two acts. Act one is composed of four scenes and Act two has five. In Act one the play begins in 1957, Troy and Bono share a bottle of whiskey and tell stories to each other. Troy’s wife informs him that there son Cory is being recruited to play college ball. This is where the play starts to get it shape, Troy gets very angry at this idea of his son playing college ball he gets angry because he does not want Cory to go through the same thing that he had to deal with trying to become a pro ball player in a very segregated time. In Act two you see Troy start to fight with himself and “Death” it starts from an argument with his wife Rose but then Troy comes to find out about Alberta’s death …show more content…

Later Troy and Cory get into a big argument in the front yard and Troy kicks Cory out of the house and looses his son’s respect. In the last scene Troy dies and is sent to heaven with Gabriel’s trumpet, he is forgiven and is redeemed as a flawed hero. In August Wilson’s “Fences” Troy is viewed as a tragic hero, to be a tragic hero one must have dignity, something to fight for, and a downfall, Troy is the perfect example of a tragic hero because he possess all three of these qualities. 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 strengths are found in his willingness to fulfill his duty at all times. He also speaks directly to his dignity regarding his position of work and his career in baseball) Martin, 2) “Fences” Troy has many …show more content…

This is the reason why Troy fights against his family and himself, because he feels like he is the only one who can protect them. To Cory and Rose, Troy is destroying the family because of his stubborn thoughts but to Troy he is saving the family from falling apart and this distrust causes the family to eventually fall apart. Troy really does try his hardest to be a good father and is bothered by the fact that Rose and Cory do not see it as him trying to protect them but more of him destroying the family. This hurts Troy because his family is his everything they are what he “fights” for he works day end and day out to put food on the table and try to give them a life he thinks the deserve. August Wilson in “fences” Troy says, “ I love this woman, so much it hurts. I love her so much… I done run out of ways to love her.”(1.1) Wilson uses to show how much Troy actually cares for his wife, to Troy Rose is his everything, she is the light in his darkness, she try’s to guide him back to a sane man. Another Way Wilson shows how much Troy loves his family is when Troy is talking to his family and says that “ You all line up at the door, with your hands out. I give you the lint from my pockets. I give you my sweat and my blood…”(1.3) Troy is saying that he will give them everything until he has absolutely nothing but the lint from his pockets. He will go out of his way to make

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the play "fences" by august wilson is divided into two acts: act one is composed of four scenes and act two has five.
  • Analyzes how troy maxson is portrayed as a bitter guy who believes he owes his family everything, from his money down to his own soul.
  • Analyzes how troy keeps his family close to him so no harm will come to them. he is destroying the family because of his stubborn thoughts, but he is saving them from falling apart.
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