Defending Troy: Postmodernism within August Wilson’s “Fences”


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Defending Troy: Postmodernism within August Wilson’s "Fences"
August Wilson is a seminal playwright who wrote during the postmodern period. He, like many of the playwrights at the time, embraced a postmodernist perspective on writing and the portrayal of many of his most poignant characters. In August Wilson’s famed play Fences, he uses Troy as a means of filtering postmodernist ideals, and the play as a whole to truly articulate himself as a postmodernist writer. In doing so, Wilson creates a stirring portrayal of a flawed man trapped in a society, but unable to become something greater. Still, despite his flaws, there is optimism in Troy’s legacy. In August Wilson’s Fences, Wilson explores the tenets of postmodernism through the main...
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..... does not play, but everyone is gathered. Though the past can be rough, the future can be hopeful.
Like its name, Fences is a play about what keeps one down and all of the cultural, psychological, familial and social things that make this happen. The characters are fenced in by many elements, but the interest lies in what fences Troy in and how he fences others around him in. The way characters react to their situations within the play makes the characters real. Overall, Fences is a play for the ages, and uniquely identifies the black struggle in an American, postmodern context.
Works Cited
Bogumil, Mary L. Understanding August Wilson. USA: University of South Carolina Press, 1999.
Wilson, August. Fences. New York: Samuel French Inc., 1986.