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Borders walls and fences exist to show that two things are separate and to keep them that way When August Wilson wrote his play Fences he was writing a play about the things that keep people apart Fences is about separation the separations between different colors of man and wife life and death and of generation to generation These separations are illustrated thorough the members of a black family in 1957 The father of the family and main character is Troy Maxson Throughout the play Troy works to build a fence around his back yard The fence is symbolic of the difference between life and death This is the meaning of this fence for Troy as he states so bluntly after his mistress dies AlrightMr Death See now Im gonna tell you what Im gonna do Im gonna take and build me a fence around what belongs to me And then I want you to stay on the other sideWilson 77 Though Troy tries to separate himself from death by building a fence he also separates himself from his wife by taking a mistress This separation comes when the existence of Troys mistress is revealed by her becoming pregnant Troy tries to defend his taking of a mistress but his wife Rose will hear none of it Finally when the baby is born Rose takes it as her own but kicks Troy out from now on he is a womanless manWilson 79 When Rose removes herself from Troy their son Cory goes with her Throughout the play Cory and Troy have been at odds Their conflict stems from Corys wish to play sports and Troys wish to have his son learn a trade This conflict shows the separation between the generations Troy is the spokesman for the older generation In Troys day blacks were banned from playing baseball Troy was an excellent player and competed in the Negro leagues He is very bitter about
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