A wonderful and powerful play by August Wilson as part of his trilogy (?) of plays depicting Afro American life during earlier decades. A MUST read!
This is a masterpiece. I will be looking for other plays/works from August Wilson immediately. Highly recommended!
Troy Maxson is a strong man, a hard man. He has had to be--to survive. For he 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. Buot now the 50s are yeilding to the to the new spirit of liberation in the 60s... a spirit that is changing the 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...
Reading it made me uncomfortable for the main character, in a sympathetic way.
A play that evokes the complicated emotions of changing eras, the split of generational or general misunderstanding... recommended for people of any skin tone.
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.