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In the novels A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines and Fences by August Wilson the characters struggle to overcome lifes difficulties and to find the true meaning of their existence by freeing themselves from their troubles This form of self-redemption helps to renew each characters conscience and bring him or her to a new light where they can reach the full potential of their lives Both works of literature contain several characters that overcome lifes hardships with redemption but the ones who make the biggest sacrifices are the most important The two that truly redeem themselves are Grant from A Lesson Before Dying and Rose from FencesIn August Wilsons novel Fences it is Rose who experiences the greatest redemption when she agrees to care for Troys daughter Raynell Rose experiences one of lifes worst hardships when she discovers that her husband has had an affair with another woman When Troy admits the truth to Rose about his affair she is heart broken and deeply hurt Rose can not believe that after eighteen years of marriage Troy would go and do such a thing Not only was Troy neglecting his family but he was also jeopardizing the well being of his new daughter Raynell It was then that Rose truly begins to see the real Troy She sees how selfish he is for visiting the woman at his leisure just to make himself feel better In the following line from page 78 Rose explains to Troy how he is not the only one suffering and that she too feels like she is trapped inside their small immobile world You not the only one whos got wants and needs But I held on to you Troy Unlike Troy Rose has accepted her current situation and has learned to deal with the problems she is faced with everyday She has also not strayed from Troy but has stayed in his bed The next big problem Rose must
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