A Discussion of Father and Son Relationships
The New York Times deems August Wilson as “the poet of black of black America” (Isherwood). Wilson brilliantly and wittingly brings life, meaning, and complexity to a culture of people. Furthermore, Wilson bridges this connection between African Americans and their cultural identity. The play Fences paints black life during the 1950’s era and it is the sixth play in a ten play cycle (“August Wilson’s Fences”). The 1950’s reflects a transitional state of time where African Americans were beginning to stand up and fight against racism. August Wilson integrates the social and cultural factors present during the 1950’s into his play Fences. Additionally, much of the issues faced by the characters within Fences are still relevant today, classifying the play as a true modern drama.
The father son relationship is a centering conflict within the play Fences. Throughout the play we are amerced into this complex connection of Troy and his two sons, Cory and Lyon. Additionally, Wilson partly reveals the relationship of Troy and his father in the beginning of the play and through Troy’s recollections of his childhood past. Troy is overtaken with bitterness and as an African American in the 1950’s, he struggles to create an identity separate from what is forced on him through an oppressive society. Battles with identity streams into the life of Troy’s youngest son, Cory. Moreover, it is evident that this mentality was passed down from Troy’s father. Troy and Lyon’s relationship slightly differs from that of Troy and Cory’s; however, as Troy and Cory, Lyon ends up “fenced “in. Socio-cultural issues of the 1950’s acts as a further reinforcement to the problems depicted within the play. Analyzing t...
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...oy fails to understand that the world is changing around him; he is stuck in the past, fenced in by his own experiences. Furthermore, Troy forces his connotation of life onto his sons which is detrimental to their growth as individuals. In the end Cory and Lyon are negatively impacted by their father just as Troy was effected by his father; thus, August Wilson sculpts this vicious cycle passed from generation to generation, acting as a curse on that is almost inescapable.
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