She admits in this scene that her life as a housewife and mother was forced upon her by Troy, yet she insists that at no point did she ever lose her ability to choose. Until one day, he grew up and learned how to stand up for himself. Cory tells Troy and Rose about an opportunity for a college football scholarship. Gabriel has since moved out, but still lives in the neighborhood, often getting in trouble with the law. In Act One, scene four, he tells the story of how his daddy stole his girl from him. Their activity in the numbers game represents their belief in gambling for a better future. Troy Maxson is the stern head of the Maxson household, who was once a baseball superstar.
Troy is a role model to Bono. He did not care for him so this in turn helped Lyons become more independent. Troy's best friend of over thirty years. A short time before the play's opening, Gabriel has rented a room elsewhere, but still in the neighborhood. Troy made sure to provide for his family materialistically, but unfortunately did not expose too much of his love to his children.
However, Troy has not accomplished this achievement on his own. The whole time I was growing up. Gabriel was a solider in the Second World War, during which he received a head injury that required for him to wear a metal plate to be surgically implanted into his head. Biography Cory Maxson was born in , in 1940, the son of and. Growing up to this horrible lifestyle, Troy was either going to learn, grow, and live by example, or completely live his own life.
Troy is forced to reveal his affair to Rose when Alberta becomes pregnant, leading to an argument in which Troy aggressively grabs Rose. In addition to Washington, the film also stars , , , , and. He decided to live by example and do the opposite of what his father did. Rose admits to loving Troy despite his many flaws and pleads that Troy is still a part of him, and Cory later reconsiders after interacting with Raynell. It weighed on you and sunk into your flesh. This quote allows the reader to realize that the Maxson family does have a foundation of love.
You go on and learn how to put your hands to some good use. Cory intervenes and knocks Troy into the fence. A senior in high school, Cory gets good grades and college recruiters are coming to see him play football. Bono and Troy met in jail, where Troy learned to play baseball. Lyons is an ambitious and talented jazz musician.
Troy's history is equal parts southern and northern, half-full of hope and half-filled with disappointment. After serving prison time for killing a man during a robbery, he met Bono and revealed himself to be a talented baseball player. Troy Maxson The protagonist of Fences, Troy is a responsible man whose thwarted dreams make him prone to believing in self-created illusions. Similarly, Gabriel is released from the hospital to attend and reunites with his family as they all bid farewell to Troy. Raynell is the only Maxson child that will live with few scars from Troy and is emblematic of new hope for the future and the positive values parents and older generations pass on to their young. Whereas he begins as an optimistic, hopeful young man full of hope and opportunity, he becomes disillusioned, just as his father was. Troy begins the play by entertaining Bono and Rose with an epic story about his struggle with a personified Death, or Devil, character.
Troy left home at 14 after beating up his abusive father, and became a robber to sustain himself. Fences is largely Troy's story. The south and the north define Troy's history and this duality drives a dividing line between him and his sons, Lyons and Cory who grew up believing that they could achieve their dreams without unjust restraint. It's pretty ironic that Cory tries to be like his father by playing sports, because this is precisely the issue that tears them apart. One day, when Cory returns home to collect his things, an intoxicated bitter Troy blocks his path and instigates a fight in which Cory swings at Troy with a baseball bat. Cory is a respectful son, compassionate nephew to his disabled Uncle Gabriel, and generally, a giving and enthusiastic person. The son of Troy and Rose, Cory embodies a hope for the future unmet by the pessimism of his father.
Cory and Lyons also admired their father because in their eyes he was an excellent father figure. Another example of Troy's ability to live in a fictitious world is his denial to his best friend, Bono about the reality of his extramarital affair with Alberta. Unlike Troy, Rose is a realist, not a romantic longing for the by- gone days of yore. Now, he sees fences everywhere. But eventually, Troy's death leaves many negative attributes as an inheritance for his family to sort out and accept. The reason for this action was clear. The reason why Troy has this mentality is because he grew loving sports, just like his son, during the time of the Negro Leagues.