An exploration of Troy and Lyons. by Wahhaj Shakoor on Prezi
Fences by August Wilson” is one of the plays that can be used as a good Rose Maxison is Troy's wife and the mother to Cory and Lyons. August Wilson's play Fences is basically about the conflict between father and The agony in their relation is not due to personal problems, but it has to do a lot. One of the most important characteristics of the relationship between Troy and his son Cory is that they are effectively repeating history (and, ultimately, breaking.
It affected him a lot psychologically and he internalized the evil practices of racism. He felt that black would never get the chances that the whites are enjoying. On the contrary, his son is living in an age in which many things have changed favorably for the blacks. Blacks are also chosen for playing in the major leagues.
The Agony of Father Son Relationship in Fences
He wants for himself a career in the sports. His father can't reconcile himself with the idea of allowing his son to go for that career. The father cannot see beyond his experiences and knowledge.
This angers the son and is against the father. Though Troy has experienced the change in his own life he cannot yet accept it.
They fight with each other. The father strikes his son and sends him away from home. Cory just thinks that Troy is just jealous of him.
Throughout the play, Troy and Cory share different views and don't get along. This scene functions to show that Cory and Troy share a turbulent relationship in which they both dislike each other. While Troy dislikes Cory, he still loves him and displays his responsibility toward him.
Likewise, Cory may dislike his dad but he still respects him and deep down he loves him. In the presentation of our scene, there is an element of hostility that lingers between Troy and Cory the length of their conversation. Troy never becomes too rough with Cory, but does display his unhappiness and authority over him. We used voice and hand actions to display this. Troy raises his rough voice at Cory but never really yells and uses many gestures.
Cory on the other hand, seems to be a bit intimidated by his father but not scared. He really doesn't want to listen to his father, but at the same time he respects his father so he listens.
The Agony of Father Son Relationship in Fences
Cory is not afraid to ask his father questions, maybe just a little hesitant. As far as Rose's role in the scene, she just doesn't understand why Troy is so hard on Cory. Rose is respectful toward her husband and never really gets mad at him, but perhaps frustrated. She just doesn't understand why Cory can't play ball. She is not afraid to speak her mind and let Troy know what she thinks. She is very much respectful toward her husband and uses a quiet and sensible voice with him.
Troy is a little touchy about what she has to say to her, but never gets angry at her. He just tells it like it is. At the end we wanted to show that he did care about and love Rose, so we added in a bit of affection in Troy's last line.
Our group's overall interpretation of the play was that Troy wanted to make a better life for himself and his family. He made many mistakes in his life that he did not want his family to make. He took responsibility for his family and did what he could. We don't necessarily agree with everything that he did, but we do give him credit for overcoming the bad. He could have been like his dead beat dad, but that wasn't good enough for him.
This scene show's that he was being a responsible dad toward Cory and was trying to form Cory into a responsible person. As he says I his last line, he had given all he can and he had nothing else to give.
Group's Interpretation of Fences
Leah Floyd on Rose Our group did the scene on pages and The character I played was Rose. Our groups interpretation of Rose is that although she loves her husband and usually looks up to him, she disagrees with him about Cory.
In this scene you see Rose finally get a little fed up with Troy's domineering attitude of "his way or no way". She tries to point out that Cory is just trying to be like him when it comes to sports.
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Rose's function in this scene is important because she brings Troy's character out. Instead of the fierce father who doesn't want to listen to anybody else, you see a man who loves his wife and only wants what's best for his son. I don't think the audience was prepared for Rose to have an opinion that differed from Troy's. It allowed us to see that when she really thinks Troy is wrong about the decisions he makes for the family she's gonna let him know, since her ultimate goal is to keep her family happy and close to home.
I thought it was ironic that in this scene Rose takes Cory's side against Troy's, but in the last scene it is reversed and Rose takes up for Troy.
At many times through the play Rose plays the referee. Cory was told he could play football only if he could take on the responsibilities of school, household chores, and a job. Ultimately, Troy tried to steer Cory away form football, fearing that Cory would never have a chance to play professionally. Troy had a problem expressing his feelings as a father because as a son, his father did no such thing.
Troy loved his son, but just could not show his love. He was hard on Cory because he did not want Cory to waste half of his life on a lost cause football.