Fences Author:August Wilson The protagonist of FENCES, Troy Maxson, is a strong man, a hard man. He has had to be-to survive. For Troy Maxson has gone through life in an America where to be proud and black was to face pressures that could crush a man, body and soul. But now the 1950s are yielding to the new spirit of liberation in the 1960s...a spirit that is changing the ... more »world Troy Maxson has learned to deal with the only way he can...a spirit that is making him a stranger, angry and afraid, in a world he never knew and to a wife and son he understands less and less...« less
Fence: a barrier. In baseball it marks the delineation between a hit, or out, and a score: a home run. As in sports, in the larger sense, it represents the barrier between being on the team and actually playing. The play represents a period in time during which barriers (fences) are being broken down. But supposed that you grew up surrounded with them? How would you react? Troy, the ex-ballplayer, is trying to build a fence; he wants his young son to help, rather than to become a part of the change.