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November 13, 2005

Wilson, "Fences"

Wilson, Fences -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

"Some people build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in. Rose wants to hold on to you all. She loves you."

The whole play is about this. Metaphorically, society fenced out Troy from playing Major League baseball. In this way, Prejudices construct fences to keep people out. Prejudice begets fear, and those who are fearful construct fences to protect their own. When Troy disallows Cory from playing sports in college, he is trying to save him from the pain he experienced when his similar dreams were broken. Fences are founded in fear.

Posted by DavidDenninger at November 13, 2005 05:02 PM


Yes I agree, but when do fences turn oppressive? I think by Troy not letting Cory follow his dreams, he became "the oppressor" wherein he stopped dreams due to the lack of one.

Posted by: KevinHinton at November 13, 2005 06:47 PM

Fences have both positive and negative aspects, as both you and Kevin have noted, David. It is interesting to think that he is trying to protect Cory from hurt - but also, is it trying to protect Rose, too?

Posted by: Katie Aikins at November 13, 2005 08:24 PM

Good analogy, David!

Posted by: AmandaNichols at November 13, 2005 09:19 PM

David, I agree however, I feel that by Troy being "fenced in," or thinking that he's fenced in, he is causing other people to not be able to follow their dreams. You've already noted Cory, however what about Rose. She is not doubt fenced in to care for her husband, whether she made a mistake of marrying him or not.

Posted by: Andy LoNigro at November 28, 2005 03:57 PM

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