Troy Maxson is a man who thinks he is a failure but finds it hard to admit. Troy is a middle age black garbage man who feels held back by the “white man”. “Why you got the white men driving and colored lifting?” (p.9). the quotation mentioned is an example of how Troy feels he will never amount to anything because he is a black man in the “white man’s world”. Therefore, Troy limits his goals in life. Maintaining a job, having a roof over his head, and food on the table is Troy’s idea of success. This is his idea of success because he has accomplished this while having a hard life. Troy fences himself into his own little world where there is no room for anyone to question or judge him.
Meanwhile Troy’s bitterness towards the “white man” creates callousness towards his son Cory....
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- Family; a family is any group of individuals living together under a common roof. August Wilson’s “Fences” portrays extremely well the significance of family and what key elements go into each and every family. However, occasionally some members do not have similar values as others when it comes to the responsibility expected by others as a member. The use of metaphors and symbols throughout the play such as baseball and fences illustrate exactly why Troy Maxson’s family life was destined for failure.... [tags: Game, Play, James Earl Jones, August Wilson]
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