A Black Man in a White-Dominated World in Fences College

In the play Fences, written by August Wilson, the theatrical is full of symbolism that shows the meaning to growth and death through; baseball seeds and blues. At the same time, Fences views the African-American experience and relations. Troy an ex-Negro Baseball League player deals with his bitterness that is affecting his family. Fences is the odd man out because it's about one individual and everything focuses around him. The back yard of an urban home becomes the setting to the Maxson family troubles. Besides, the protagonist Troy Maxson is represented as “the purest strain of the survival instinct in the African-American race” [Pereira, 1995]. Wilson did not name his play, Fences, simply because the dramatic action climaxes strongly on the building of a fence in the Maxson's backyard, rather the characters lives changing around the fence-building project. The fence serves as both a literal and a figurative device, representing the relationships that bond and break in the arena of the backyard.

As it been said, Fences is against the metaphor of property and its historical meaning, particularly the connection between property rights and human rights, for African Americans; it is full of symbolism. The game of baseball has...

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