Act 1, Scene 1
JOURNAL #6 Select three examples of a stage direction and comment on the effect.
August Wilson’s Fences describes the lives of Troy Maxson, his family, and his friends. Readers recognize the importance of dialogue—the way characters speak to each other as well as the words they choose—in learning their personalities. However, in plays, playwrights also characterize through stage direction. In this scene, the stage commands drinking, offering, and handing help to set the tone of the opening as well as of the characters of Fences.
Firstly, upon returning to his wife and home, Troy and Bono drink as they talk. Rose proudly brings up that their son, Cory, “got recruited by a college football team” (Wilson; A1Sc1; 8). Troy, however, reacts less pleasantly, saying “it ain’t gonna get him nowhere”. Readers learn that Troy used to play baseball but never received the chance to play professionally, which he believes resulted from his skin color. He states that if a person can play, then they “ought to have let you play” (10) which suggests his desire for equal treatment as well as the chance to play for a team. The stage direction, Troy takes a long drink from the bottle, follows this statement. This action allows readers to learn that, Troy already aged and married, still resents the injustice.
Secondly, Troy’s eldest son, Lyons joins later in the scene, greeted rather standoffish by his father, who claims Lyons only “was in the neighborhood cause it’s” (14) Troy’s payday. Rose berates him because even though Lyons came to visit him, Troy wants to “start all that nonsense” (13). Troy responds easily that he “ain’t bothering Lyons” (14). This statement alone wouldn’t easily quell readers’ belief that Troy always acts so impassive towards his son. But, coupled with the stage direction, Offers him [Lyons] the bottle, readers feel that this gesture shows Troy’s affection for Lyons without words. Finally, during Troy and Bono’s conversation,...
The immigration of Africans to America as slaves has had a great effect to many things including literature. Despite their experiences in this foreign land, they brought with them a different culture that had not been experienced in the American society. The stories and experiences of African-Americans have seen authors write books and plays being staged with large audiences. This is due to the different but almost similar stories that these people have to tell regarding their journey to America and how difficult it was for them to fit in the society they found.
In 1983, the American playwright August Wilson released a play titled Fences. The play has a setting of the 1950s and it explores the evolving African –American experience with race relations as one of the many themes depicted in this play. The play revolves around a 53-year-old man named Troy who is an African-America. He is struggling to provide for his family and although he is a baseball player his color is a barrier for him being able to join professional baseball thus receiving little money to support his family. This paper seeks to analyze the play and check on why it was given the title Fences (Wilson).
Analysis of the play Fences by August Wilson
In “Fences”, August Wilson tells the story of an ex-negro league baseball hero,
Troy Maxon. Troy is a bitter man, withering away in his own hatred for the way things
“are”, as well as his inability to see the world has changed. Troy has an “iron grip” on
his family in the beginning, however as the story progresses the family breaks loose of
the physical and emotional ties that are holding them down. Wilson uses character,
setting, and symbolism to set the scene for Troy’s inner torment.
Through characterization Wilson introduces Troy. Troy is a garbage collector. The
year is 1957, which is the dawn of the civil-rights era. Troy is a former negro-league
baseball player who was robbed of his chances to play in the major-leagues because of
his race. Troy states, “I’m talking about if you could play ball then they ought to have
let you play. Don’t care what color you were” (Wilson 1577; act I; scene 1). Troy has
a lot of resentment for his missed opportunity with baseball, and is very hesitant to
allow his son, Cory, to follow down the same road with football. Troy is unwilling to
accept things in 1957 are beginning to change, and there are more...
Spirituality & Religion |
In AugustWilson’s “Fences” |
Essay #3 |
Introduction: “Fences” is one of ten plays written by August Wilson that document historic periods in Black American life. It is a colorful and thoughtfully written piece that tells the story of one family’s struggle in Civil Rights Era America, an empowering and complicated time for lower and middle class blacks struggling to attain an ideal of the “American Dream”. Troy and Rose Maxon’s family deal with complex external challenges, such as economic shifts in industry and working classes that shape the financial status, evidenced by Troy’s successful quest for promotion and increased responsibility at his blue-collar job. Their internal issues range from father-son power struggles, infidelity, and dishonesty as common moral dilemmas; which are presented as a dialogue that illustrates how socio-economic and cultural upheaval can affect the family dynamic. Influences of cultural traditions, such as modern expressions of black spirituality, are implied throughout the play as a source of elevation from present circumstance, seem to unite the Maxons during times of structural change and give cause for their working together to create a better way of life. Still, social change redefined and reshaped their definition of family, uniting them as it also separated them, as the black...
...As illustrative of the kind of analysis I would bring to Fences, by August Wilson, if my bid to direct is successful, O prose to take direction for a part of Act 1, Scene 3 of the play. This will include possible blocking, camera work, music, and what the actor should be feeling and experiencing while acting the part. I will examine how crucial it is that the actors portray their characters effectively, and I will offer commentary to assure just that. On the basis of these findings I will determine the function of this scene in the whole play and how the characters and ensuing events of play are necessarily different because of the presence of this scene and the manner in which its conflicts are resolved.
To set the scene, Troy and Cory are debating with one another Cory’s goals and aspirations in life. It is Cory’s dream to play football, to receive a scholarship to play at North Carolina. In Troy’s eyes, his son is wasting his time. Using his experience and his past ventures in the sports world when he was younger, Troy has created this illusion that black men would never thrive and succeed in professional sports. He says, “The colored guy got to be as twice as good before he get on the team. That’s why I don’t want you to get all tied up in them sports”. Instead of pursuing a failed career, Troy wants Cory to work in the A&P and learn a trade such as fixing cars or building homes. Cory is in disbelief that his dad would...
...As with most works of literature, the title Fences is more than just a title. It could be initially noted that there is only one physical fence being built by the characters onstage, but what are more important are the ideas that are being kept inside and outside of the fences that are being built by Troy and some of the other characters in Fences. The fence building becomes quite figurative, as Troy tries tofence in his own desires and infidelities. Through this act of trying to contain his desires and hypocrisies one might say, Troy finds himself fenced in, caught between his pragmatic and illusory ideals. On the one side of the fence, Troy creates illusions and embellishments on the truth, talking about how he wrestled with death, his encounters with the devil, later confronting the devil openly with a baseball bat. On the other side of the fence remain the realisms that Troy confronts others with when they expound upon their dreams or hopes. Where Cory has aspirations of playing football, Troy says that he must continue with his more practical job at the A&P.
As Bono says, "Some people build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in." This is why Rose wants the fence to be built. When faced with Troy's infidelity she gets only a cursory, self-serving response from Troy. It's hard to...
...Fences by August Wilson Summary?
A: You can find a detailed summary and study guide of Fences here: http://bookrags.com/content/studygui… Source(s): bookrags.com Read More »
Q: In the book Fences by August Wilson.....?
A: troy fails and succeeds to be like his father because in the ways he treats cory and cheats on rose. but in other ways he succeeds because the entire family is ... Read More »
Q: Fences by August Wilson?
A: You could focus on the symbolism. For instance, why does death come in a white hood when folklore often depicts it wearing all black (think race relations)? Or,... Read More »
Q: Fences by august wilson?
A: Fences (metaphorical): barriers to keep others from infringing on your space or meddling into your affairs, The fence building becomes quite figurative, as Troy... Read More »
Q: What are the themes in Fences by august wilson?
A: 1. Death 2. Family Relations 3. Friendship 4. Racism 5. Duty and Responsiblity 6. Love Read More »
Fences by August Wilson Summary?
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...the play Fences?
The author August Wilson uses the symbol of a “fence” in his play Fences throughout numerous occasions. Three of the most important occasions fences are symbolized in the play are by Rose and Troy’s relationship, Troy and Cory’s relationship, as well as Troy versus Death. Throughout the play, characters create “fences” symbolically and physically to be protected or to protect. Examples such as, Rose protecting herself from Troy, and Troy protecting himself from Death. Fences focuses on the symbol of a fence which helps the reader understand the events taking place. The characters' lives mentioned change around the project of building the fence, which serves as both a literal and a figurative symbol.
Throughout the play it is clear how “fences” are used to protect the characters mentioned. Early on, Rose protects herself by singing, “Jesus, be a fence all around me every day. Jesus, I want you to protect me as I travel on my way” (Wilson Pg.1380). By Rose singing this song, one can see Rose's desire for the fence to be built so she can have a stronger sense of security for her family. It is possible that Rose asked Troy and Cory to build the fence as attempt to help the two to bond. She feels the distance growing between them and is trying to keep her family together....
...To What Extent Can Fences By August Wilson Be Considered A "Tragedy"?
The plot explicated to Troy Maxson,who had a wife and one son. The story commenced with Troy having his best friend Bono in an ordinary day working as garbage collectors. Troy has his son Lyons from his first wife, and Cory by Rose, his second wife. Troy underpinned himself in his struggle of racial discrimination and he did able to crack the differential as being the first black garbage wagon driver. However, Troy was tempted and he had caught himself trapped in a forbidden relationship with Alberta, his mistress. On the one hand, he had also put a barrier towards Cory’s ambition to study in college; Tory did not sign the permission letter for Cory to acquire the football scholarship program as access to college. However, Troy was also confused with Alberta’s pregnancy state, whereby he was compelled to confess his affair up to his wife Rose. Alberta died in parturition and Rose accepted to raise the child. Bono was gone, his sons, his mistress, and his wife. The story depicts Troy’s death; Cory and Raynell, his son with Alberta, sang a song in honor of him. Troy was accepted in heaven with Angel Gabriel in the scene was shown in the last plot (Shmoop Editorial Team a)
The plot was associated to Oedipus, who had a very unfortunate life. In Thebes, where Oedipus ruled as a king, a curse was distressing all throughout the land. Oedipus was determined to save his kingdom...