Fences

Fences
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  • Scene 1
  • Scene 2
  • "Liked you? Who the hell ever say I gotta like you?"
  • "How come you ain't never liked me?"
  • "(shoves him on the shoulder) Nigger! That's what you are! You just another nigger on the street to me."
  • Scene 3
  • "What you gonna do? Give me a whupping? You can't whup me no more. You're too old. You just an old man"
  • After Troy gets home from work, he sits down with his friend Bono to drink.They stumble upon the topic of Troy's son, Cory.Here, it sounds like Troy is worried about his son, and is looking out for him. He sounds like a concerned father.This scene stuck out to me because it sounded like Troy was looking out for Cory despite complaining about Cory only going to Troy for money. The next quote however contradicts the way we think troy feels towards his son.
  • "I told that boy about that football stuff, the white man ain't gonna let him get nowhere with that football."
  • Now, Troy doesn't seem to care for his family, even telling his son that he doesn't even like him. This shows what Troy thinks his obligations to his family are. He believes his only responsibility to his family is to provide money, food and shelter. While the emotional aspect, and connection of being a father is unimportant and is unnecessary.
  • Furthermore, this scene from the play shows just how little of an emotional connection Troy has within his family. Also, in this scene, Troy throws Cory's belongings on the other side of the fence he built. Cory is now just another person on the other side ofTroy's barrier
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