At the end of act two, scene two, Troy gives a short soliloquy (a speech conducted by a character alone on the stage during which he reveals private thoughts). How has the fence changed for Troy?
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Rose tells him that Alberta died having the baby. Rose is worried about who will bury her, but Troy is defiant. He enters into “a quiet rage that threatens to consume him.” He has a conversation with “Mr. Death” and tells him that he will build a fence around his yard to keep what belongs to him. Death can bring his army, but Troy tells him that he “ain’t gonna fall down on my vigilance this time.” The fence has become a crutch for Troy, an emotional metaphor of his futile attempt to block the inevitable.
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