August Wilson Fences Analysis

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Through a segregated beginning to a self-education, August Wilson (1945-2005) became one of the most influential playwrights of the time. Bringing himself up from a childhood without a father, and joining many prestigious writing groups helped shape this writer and the works he produced throughout his life. His works show just a small portion of the struggle of African Americans during the 1950’s, when he grew up. Frederick August Kittel was born to Daisy Wilson and Frederick Kittel on April 27, 1945. While he was young, he attended St. Richard’s Parochial School until his parents divorced. After him and his mother moved out of the Bedford area of Pittsburg to a white suburb in Oakland, he started to attend Central Catholic High School. He …show more content…
“The Ties That Bind: A Critical Analysis of Wilson’s Fences” is a literary critique that cover the characters and relationships found within the play. The author talks about the character of Troy Maxon and how it affects his family relations. The criticism argues that Troy was just a father trying to look out for his children. This is correct, as there a is a lot of evidence to support this claim. Troy gets into the most conflicts with his son, Cory. Partway through the story, Troy refuses to let Cory play college football, saying "The white man ain't gonna let you get nowhere with that football noway,"(1.3.78). He just wants his son to get a good job so he can support himself later in life. Later Troy tells his wife that he doesn’t want Cory to turn out anything like him, saying “I don't want him to be like me! I want him to move as far away from my life as he can get.” (1.3.200) The author states that by doing and saying these things it just shows that he wants his family to be secure in life. The author also shows how much of an impact Troy had on Cory’s life by using the line “You just like him. You got him in you good.” (2.5.161). While Cory may not want to admit it, Troy had more of an impact on him than he