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Fences is an American play written by August Wilson. It was based on the tough time faced by the African Americans during the time of Civil rights movement. It is the story of a character named Troy who is depicted as a baseball player who had to leave his game because of color discrimination prominent in that era. The play revolved round the family of Troy, who since having to leave baseball, has been living miserably by doing a menial job of a garbage collector. He lives with his wife and son and his younger brother who was an ex-soldier and received a head injury, which rendered him psychologically ill. The play was written in 1983 but it was based on the happenings common in the 1950’s, as it was the prominent time in which Civil Rights Movement was at its peak (“The Civil Rights Movement”). The protagonist of the play (Troy) is black and is just managing to meet the needs of his family. The other characters were his son from previous marriage (Lyons), a lady with whom he has an extra marital affair and his friend Bono. The Civil Rights Movement was characterized by the developments for equal rights for the African Americans. There was development of governing bodies like National Association for the advancement of Colored People (NAACP). They address issues and filed for lawsuits for the betterment and equality of the African American. Troy was also an African American thus there were connections and glimpses of the Civil Rights Movement in the play. Troy was portrayed as a baseball player who was discriminated against because of his color and not taken on to the team, for which he had to suffer a life full of difficulties and problems. He was never financially secure and therefore had to compromise on some of the basic n... ... middle of paper ... ...imination prominent in that era. There were many activities, attitudes and social practices of that period, which are reflected in the play, and hence there was much resemblance. Works Cited "Civil Rights Movement." Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present. N.p.: ABC-CLIO, 2003. Credo Reference. 17 July 2008. Web. 1 May 2014. Pereira, Kim. "August Wilson: Overview." Reference Guide to American Literature. Ed. Jim Kamp. 3rd ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 1994. Literature Resource Center. Web. 1 May 2014. "The American Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968." History Study Centre. ProQuest LLC. 2010. Web. 1 May 2014. Wessling, Joseph H. "Wilson's Fences." Explicator 57.2 (Winter 1999): 123-127. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Vol. 222. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Literature Resource Center. Web. 1 May 2014.

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