Fences Essay

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In this review, Hornby gives a positive appraisal of Wilson 's work, deeming both the text and the production to be exemplary.

August Wilson's Fences deals with a black family living in "a North American industrial city" in the late 1950s. The father, Troy Maxson, is a former star baseball player of the Negro leagues who was too old to get into the majors when they at last opened up to blacks after World War II. He resents the false promise that sports held for him, and blocks his own son's promising career as a football player.

Troy's life has been filled with disappointment, oppression, and just plain bad luck: Raised in the South in billet poverty, he today cannot even read. As a youth, he served time in the penitentiary as result of a stabbing in a robbery he committed simply to get food. His brother received...

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