Raynell is viewed as the Maxson family’s hope for the future. What is she armed with that neither Cory nor Lyons had? In other words, why is it that she will be a success?
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Raynell is Troy's daughter, fathered out of wedlock with Alberta, Troy's mistress. Alberta dies in childbirth and leaves Troy to raise Raynell. Rose agrees to raise his husband's daughter for her sake, not for his. The audience only sees Raynell as an infant and then as a small girl just before Troy's funeral. I think that Raynell enjoys the opportunity at life without being damaged by her father. Raynell is a Maxson child that has a chance to escape the emotional scars and dysfuntion perpetuated by Troy.