The African American Experience in August Wilson’s “Fences”


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The African American Experience in August Wilson's "Fences"
Fences is a play written by August Wilson. The setting is the 1950s and explores the African American experience through racial relations. Troy Maxson is the protagonist in the play as well as the main character. Troy is married to Rose and has three children Lyons, Cory and Raynell. Raynell is the offspring of an affair Troy had on Rose after 18 years of marriage (Wilson).
Fences opening lines bring the reader to payday, talking and drinking between Troy and his friend Bono. The character of Troy is quickly introduced in this scene when he tells of his going up to his boss and asking why Blacks can’t drive the garbage trucks when they are garbage men just like whites who do drive...
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.....e White man tells the Black man that he took care of him better than anyone else ever would. In rebellion Cory tells his father that he never did anything for him. What is the crux of this conversation between father and son is that perception is reality. Whatever we as individuals perceive the truth of our experience to be that is what will become real to us real or imagined (Wilson).
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Wilson, August. Fences. New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1986.