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August Wilsons Fences largely described Troy Maxons struggle to put up a fence around his property Maxson is a fifty-three year-old African American man who worked as a garbage man in urban Pittsburgh during the 1950s During the course of the play Troy worked at constructing a fence around his backyard At the same time Wilson conveyed Troys struggles to define his rights and responsibilities as a husband brother worker friend and father through the complex symbolism of the fence In the play Fences the fatherson relationship between Troy and his son Cory portrayed a major conflict For instance when Cory stepped over Troy without saying excuse me This caused Troy to enforce his masculinity and role as a father upon Cory by reinforcing the issue of respect Still Cory disrespectfully refused to say excuse me to Troy At this time Troy demanded that Cory leave the house and support himself since he no longer respected his father as the man of the house and the breadwinner Troy went on to boast about how much he had provided for Cory but Cory refused to acknowledge the material goods as a result of Troys unloving demeanor As the play proceeded Cory brought attention to Troys latest shortcoming with Rose and informed Troy that he did not approve Once again Troy insisted that Cory leave his property Troy became so enraged that he said You just another nigger on the street to me Wilson 189 Then Cory called attention to the fact that the house and property from which Troy was throwing Cory out should be owned by Gabriel whose government checks paid for most of the mortgage payments The argument escalated and Troy physically attacked Cory At that moment Cory swung a baseball bat at Troy to safeguard himself Troy wrestled the bat away from Cory and ordered
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