AugustWilson is the author of ,a drama that takes place in the backyard of an urban home in the1950s. The play comprises a total of two acts. Mr. Wilson usesvarious elements in his work. In the introductory remarks of theplay, Troy appears more talkative compared to his friend Bonohowever, in the same narrative, an irony is depicted when Troy isportrayed as being vulgar and crude toward the people that are closeto him. Second, Wilson symbolizes items such as discrimination,baseball, fences and even Raynell`s garden. Finally, Wilson usesimagery to develop a picture of Troy`s home, his family, Lyonsdressing as well as other events.
Theuse of irony in makes Wilson`s work more interesting. For example, Troy tells Bonothat he loves his wife so much that it "hurts" him (Wilson12). However, in spite of his confession, Troy proceeds to cheat onhis wife with Alberta. Also, in spite of Troy`s numerous complaintsabout his abusive father and the lack of opportunities in his life,he spreads the same abuse to his sons. He prevents his son Cory fromjoining the baseball team because the sport did not work out for him.Troy tells Rose that he decided that his son would never get involvedin sports because he was disqualified from baseball because of hiscolor. However, Rose opposes Troy`s assertion, claiming Cory’sactions were driven toward getting his father’s approval (Wilson21).
Troycomplained to his boss about discrimination in the workplace. Hecontended that both the white and colored workers deserved equalopportunities. Troy asserted that the coloreds also deserved thechance to drive trucks. However, after his promotion to the positionof a driver, it became apparent, that Troy could not drive.Furthermore, symbolism is revealed when Troy compares life to abaseball repetitively. During his conversation with his wife and hisfriend Bono, Troy said that death is a fastball on the outsidecorner. Similarly, Troy reminisced his encounter with Alberta hesaid that his actions were inspired by the desire to "steal asecond" (Wilson 7). The title also symbolizes some things in the play. For example, the challengesthat Troy faced in the course of his life can be perceived as beingfenced. To begin with, racism was the primary reason for Troy`sdisqualification from professional baseball. Also, Troy`s father wasabusive and his family poor.
Imageryis revealed in Troy`s home. At the beginning of the play, Wilsondevelops a clear picture of Troy`s home. Troy`s entrance has two orthree wooden steps that lead to a wooden entryway, which is interrible shape and requires painting. In addition, Troy`s yard is "asmall dirt yard, partially fenced…other building equipment set tothe side" (Wilson 2). Furthermore, the reader is brought to theunderstanding that Rose always urges Troy to renovate their home.Troy shows less concern over this matter, an attitude that depictshim as being negligent toward his family. Also, Troy`s constantcriticism toward his sons drives them further away from him. In oneinstance, Lyons invites his father to his place of work so that Troycan hear him play, but Troy refuses the offer, claiming that he hatesChinese music because it is noisy (Wilson 24). Imagery is alsorevealed when Rose`s attempts to rescue her marriage are brought tobear. She attempts to have Troy and Cory build the fence together asa way of bringing them closer. At one point, Rose sings, "Jesusbe a fence…every day…protect me…on my way."
Likewise,the author depicts Lyon wearing a neatly trimmed goatee, a sportscoat, and a tieless white shirt. An image of the man who offered Troycredit for his furniture is also revealed. The man was white and hadelegant clothes on he also had a clipboard in his hands. The eventsthat transpired the next day also come into view: two men went toTroy`s home, unloaded furniture from three rooms and gave him a book(Wilson 9). Wilson also writes in a detailed fashion. He narrates,"My daddy sent me to do some plowing, and I tied up the gray boyand I went fooling around with Joe Canewell`s daughter. We didn`tknow that gray boy had gotten loose, and my dad was looking for me…bythe creek enjoying ourselves when my daddy comes upon us. Surprisedus" (Wilson 21).
Ina recap of the above discussion, is a very extensive and detailed play. I liked it because it gives aclear picture of African-American experiences. The scenes explicatethe divide between the white and black people. The play shows thestruggles that these people deal with and the challenges they have toovercome. There is clear evidence that racism was the biggestchallenge at the time. Nonetheless, the author does not merely depictthe black folks as victims he also reveals their shortcomings. Forexample, when Troy fails to support his sons in their quest to maketheir dreams a reality. Also, Troy and Bono narrate the terribleexperiences they had under the guardianship of their fathers.
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