Fences by August Wilson: Essay Analysis

Fences by August Wilson is hugely inspiring human drama because it reflects man’s honest desire to fulfill his duty to his family and friends. In the play, I relate most to Troy because while he was nice and honest guy but he was not perfect. He had human failings which he had tried to compensate later in life. Troy was hardworking black who was quite frustrated at the racial discrimination that he faced within his workplace. The blacks were entrusted with manual work while the whites enjoyed easier and better jobs at the workplace. He knew that blacks were capable of doing the work that whites did, so he took up the cudgels to stand up against it. Despite the apprehensions of his black colleagues who thought he would be fired for voicing his views about equity at the workplace, he was rewarded and appointed a driver, though he did not have a driving license.

I tend to connect with Troy also because he was a kind-hearted and loving person, though he never actually displayed those qualities openly. His expressions and acts reflect those qualities which his wife Rose had seen. He knew it was difficult for blacks to survive in a world where they were discriminated at all levels of human interactions. He did not want his children to suffer the humiliations and racial biases that he had undergone and that was why he wanted his children to be independent at an early age rather than depend on whites’ will for their survival. He had opposed his son, Cory’s recruitment to the football league because he believed that Cory would not be given a justified place in the league because of his color. But the most cherished quality of Troy was that he would be convinced by Rose, his wife because he knew that she was right. Underneath the tough exterior, he knew that people should change with time and I believe that was the reason he normally agreed with his wife.


Wilson, August. Fences. NY: Penguin Publishers, 1986.