For Troy, the fence represents many issues. In a sense, Troy has more than one fence with which to deal. Racial discrimination and an abusive father shaped much of Troy’s life. Troy leaves home when he is fourteen years old due to conflict with his father; being on his own was difficult. Troy ends up turning to a life of crime, which lands him in prison for manslaughter (Wolfe). The reason he went to prison was that he crossed the “fence” into a life of crime, a life the deemed necessary at the time because of race. In prison, Troy discovered his love for baseball; he even becomes a star in the Negro League. However, his fame came at a time when color prevented him from reaching the Majors. To ...
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