The play Fences by August Wilson is about a family that builds a fence to keep the family safe and tensions between each other rises throughout the play.
Troy Maxson wanted to become a professional Baseball player, but his dreams were shattered and doesn’t let his son Cory become what he wants. Theme is reflected throughout the play, which are responsibility, and death. These Themes are the reason that the family built the fences and what the fences symbolizes.
Taking responsibility is a key part of success in life and Troy is doing that. He doesn’t like his son Cory but still provides him food and shelter. He feels that it is not important to show his son love(Shmoop). For example in the play Troy says to Cory,” It’s my job.
It’s my responsibility! You understand that? A man got to take care of his family. You live in my house, sleep you behind on my bedclothes, fill you belly up with my food, cause you my son. You my flesh and blood. Not ’cause I like you! Cause it’s my duty to take care of you.
I owe a responsibility to you!”(Act 1 Scene 3) As a father, it is his responsibility to attend his family and do the best he can to support them.Another theme in the play is death because throughout Troy’s life, he had to fight through death. Troy says that he literally wrestled with death and won.
(Shmoop) He kept fighting through death until he died from a heart attack and now can rest. Troy triumphs over Death because he never lets fear control his life.(Shmoop) Theme is presented here to learn that challenges can be overcome by fighting through it and move on. Troy continued to fight through his problems and take reasonability which is the other theme.
Theme is really important in a story to learn from mistakes and not do it again. In the play, Theme is represented responsibility, death, and love. Responsibility is what Troy does for his son Cory and death is the hardship that troy had to overcome in his life. Love is the bond between the family and the fences represent that to keep people in. Theme is to learn and help become a better person.