August Wilson wrote the short play Fences with a setting of the late1950s. In his story, the author was successful in addressing threemain themes races, father and son connections as well as trust. Thisessay highlights the instances that Troy acts as a villain and ahero, leading to the conclusion that he is both antagonist andprotagonist.

Troy has the courage to walk up to his boss and request him for a jobto drive trucks like the whites “why? Why you got the white mendriving and the colored lifting? You think only white fellows got thesense to drive cars?” (Wilson 36) He despises the fact that blacksdo other casual jobs like lifting barrels as seen with his people. Ahero is a person who does what others cannot do or rather he hasoutstanding accomplishments. His friends did not have the guts toapproach their employer. Therefore, this incident proves that Troy isindeed a protagonist.

Moreover, Troy changes for the better. As seen at the beginning ofthe play, the character conceals their affair with Alberta to hiswife, Rose. His friend Bono reprimands him for the heartless act. “Isee you be walking up around Alberta`s house. You supposed to beatTaylor`s” (Wilson 36) He, however, spills the beans to his wifelater after realizing that he ought to be honest with her.

Furthermore, the fact that Troy shut at all people from his lifeirrespective of their connection with him depicts his villain side.This character did away with his best friend Bono when he triedpersuading him to change his way of life. The advice came after Troyspent some cash belonging to his injured brother on his house. Hefurther signed papers for the brother to be sent to a mentalhospital. “I said send him to the hospital and signed him to thesickbay for half of his money. You went back on yourself, Troy.”(Wilson 36)

To sum up, this character broke Rose’s heart after impregnatingwomen outside their marriage. Rose realized that Troy did not trulylove her and was not coming home for six months &quotRose: It`sbeen going on for six months now, you ain`t been coming back.&quot(Wilson 36)The wife was heartbroken but still loved her husband.


Troy is both a hero and a villain. He tried constructing a fence toseparate what he believed should stay outside with the portion meantto remain inside his life. Towards his death, he was neither aprotagonist nor an antagonist. It is upon the audience to decide hisside.

Works cited

Wilson, August. Fences. New York: Theatre CommunicationsGroup, 2007. Web.Retrieved 12 July 2016, from