Fences scene 1
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Act 1 sc 1 introduces the play’s motif of death. Here, death appears in Troy’s story of owing money to a furniture company. Death is a devil who appears as a white man selling furniture. This story is Troy’s way of symbolizing his own concept of racism during his life. Though he does not actually owe any money to a white man (as his father had as a sharecropper), Troy still feels that his life is somehow indebted to forces that he cannot understand or clearly perceive. In this way, he will always be in debt and will continually struggle with death."