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Fences by August Wilson is a Tragedy

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The plot explicated to Troy Maxson,who had a wife and one son. The story commenced with Troy having his best friend Bono in an ordinary day working as garbage collectors. Troy has his son Lyons from his first wife, and Cory by Rose, his second wife. Troy underpinned himself in his struggle of racial discrimination and he did able to crack the differential as being the first black garbage wagon driver. However, Troy was tempted and he had caught himself trapped in a forbidden relationship with Alberta, his mistress. On the one hand, he had also put a barrier towards Cory’s ambition to study in college; Tory did not sign the permission letter for Cory to acquire the football scholarship program as access to college. However, Troy was also confused with Alberta’s pregnancy state, whereby he was compelled to confess his affair up to his wife Rose. Alberta died in parturition and Rose accepted to raise the child. Bono was gone, his sons, his mistress, and his wife. The story depicts Troy’s death; Cory and Raynell, his son with Alberta, sang a song in honor of him. Troy was accepted in heaven with Angel Gabriel in the scene was shown in the last plot (Shmoop Editorial Team a)

The plot was associated to Oedipus, who had a very unfortunate life. In Thebes, where Oedipus ruled as a king, a curse was distressing all throughout the land. Oedipus was determined to save his kingdom from these detrimental prophecies. In the quest for solutions, he had ordered Creon to move out from the palace and went to Apollo to ask for help. However, Apollo uttered that the murderer of the previous king of Thebes must be killed for the curse to completely vanish. The Chorus implicated that Teiresias, a prophet, could possibly provide the missing piece of information. Oedipus compelled Teiresias to speak and he found out that he himself was the murderer. Dismally, the prophecy uttered that Oedipus would kill his own father and marry his mother. At the end, it was unearthed that he married his own mother and he was the real murderer. His mother, at the same time his wife, hung herself to death, and Apollo became blind and alone (Shmoop Editorial Team b).


Shmoop Editorial Team a. “Fences Summary” Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 28 Nov. 2012. .

Shmoop Editorial Team b. “Oedipus the King Oedipus the King Summary” Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 28 Nov. 2012. .

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