Troy ignores her and asks where their son Cory is. The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of. Rose tells Troy that Cory went in for some extra football practice. Rose asks if he's ready for breakfast. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. She will later accuse Troy of "taking and not giving," which we witness here first hand.

Gabriel contributes to the world of Fences by representing absurdity, and specifically absurdity in an African American life in America. As Gabe leaves, he sings a song warning Troy to get ready for Judgment Day. Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts. Gabe often refers to St. Peter as if he knows him personally. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. Gabriel comes down the alleyway. Troy displays his sense of responsibility in his reaction to Rose's hobby, but simultaneously provides evidence of his selfish treatment of Rose. Rose tells her husband to stop complaining about everything. It is therefore ironic that Troy complains about the cost of Rose playing numbers and the loss and risk involved when his gamble with Alberta eventually proves much more expensive. Act 2: Scene 2. This speaks to the sensitivity of Troy’s temper.

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He runs off after them, singing about Judgment Day. Lights rise on Rose hanging laundry and singing to herself, "Jesus, be a fence all around me every day" (1.2.2). Practicality, Idealism, and …

He hears Troy's voice and stops. 9780735217867_Fences.indd 1 11/15/16 1:50 PM. The second scene occurs six months later; Troy enters the yard from the house and, before he can leave, Rose appears from inside, and says she wants to talk. Teachers and parents! Unlike the exaggerated stories and hopes for institutionalized change at his workplace that defined Troy in Act One, scene one, the next side of Troy that Wilson introduces us to is critical of dreams and hopes. He sings a song about selling plums but he does not have any plums in his basket to sell. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. My students love how organized the handouts are and enjoy tracking the themes as a class.”, LitCharts uses cookies to personalize our services.

Troy tells Rose that everyone at work thinks he is going to get fired, but he does not think it will happen.

Themes and Colors Key LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Fences, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Rose reminds Troy about the fence she's asked him to finish building. He tells her he just wants some biscuits. She sings a song asking Jesus to protect her like a fence. He tells Troy that he sold some tomatoes and now he has two quarters. © 2020 Shmoop University Inc | All Rights Reserved | Privacy | Legal. Troy looks for Cory to help him build a fence in his yard, but Rose tells him that Cory has gone to football practice. Gabe tells Troy that he has seen St. Peter's book for Judgment Day and Troy's name appeared inside. Struggling with distance learning? He starts to sing that he's got plums for sale. Gabriel’s fixation on the day of judgment will grow to have profound significance in the play, as it becomes intimately connected with Troy’s eventual death. Troy is so concerned with his own survival in his stagnant, disappointing life that he fails to perceive the ways in which his loved ones have learned to cope. Rose points out that a guy named Pope bought a restaurant out of the money he won.

AUGUST WiLSON 2 24249 EXT. About “Fences, Act I - Scene III” Fences is a play written by August Wilson in 1983. Further, his criticism of Pope further emphasizes Troy’s commitment to racial justice—by picking out Pope as an example of a black person catering to white power, Troy demonstrates his unwillingness to let everyday acts of inequality pass him by. (including. She says that Gabriel ought to be in a hospital, where they can take care of him properly.

Her husband talks about how Pope always gives the best food to white people. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. He lives in a world that is half imaginary and half based on the reality before his eyes.

WYLIE AVENUE, THE HILL, PITTSBURGH— EARLY SEPTEMBER—MORNING The rear of the garbage truck, god’s point of view: Troy Maxson and Jim Bono hang on to either side of the truck as it heads toward its next He complains that his brother got half his head shot off in the war and only got three thousand dollars afterward. Fences Act 1, Scene 2 Lights rise on Rose hanging laundry and singing to herself, "Jesus, be a fence all around me every day" (1.2.2). The second scene begins the next morning; Troy’s condemnation of Rose’s decision to play the lottery is another instance of hypocrisy—whereas Troy thinks it’s perfectly fine that he dream about his life and tell tall tales, behaving in a completely irrational manner, he scolds Rose for engaging in behavior that, though perhaps financially risky, isn’t nearly as divorced from reality, and actually bears some small chance of success. Troy and Rose talk about the numbers, or lottery game, that Rose and Lyons play. Playing numbers is an escape, a simple luxury and pleasure of Rose and Lyons that serves the same purpose to them as Troy's escape in his affair with Alberta. Troy enters from the house. Gabe's story about seeing Troy's name and Rose's name in different places in St. Peter's book signifies that Troy is a sinner and Rose is going to heaven.

Rose hangs laundry in the yard on Saturday morning. Troy sees Gabriel in the alleyway.

Stage directions tell us that Gabriel is Troy's brother. Gabriel has an old trumpet strung around his neck and is carrying a basket full of fruits and vegetables. While Troy clearly rejects Rose’s proposal to institutionalize Gabriel now, and while he feels guilt over taking his money (now), he’ll later send Gabriel off to the hospital and take even more of his money.

Gabriel says he already ate with Aunt Jemima. Troy tells Rose that he is going to Taylor's to listen to a baseball game and he'll work on the fence when he gets back. Fences: Act 2: Scene 1 Summary & Analysis Next. Rose's positive attitude towards playing the numbers connotes that she does not have regrets about her losing gamble with Troy, but keeps her hope alive in a better, more fulfilling and richer future. He proudly shows off his key. Rose had humored Troy when Troy went on for several minutes about his battle with the Devil in Act One, scene one, but Troy cannot give Rose an inch when she talks about numbers, an activity that she enjoys as much as Troy enjoys telling his stories. The second scene begins the next morning; Rose is hanging clothes, and singing a song about Jesus protecting her: “Jesus, be a fence all around me every day.” Troy enters the scene, and Rose tells him how Ms. Pearl won a dollar on the local lottery the other day. From the creators of SparkNotes, something better. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our. Rose believes Troy did the right thing in taking over Gabriel's money. He fought in a war and lost a part of his brain while his brother was denied access to play with players of his level in the Major Leagues because of the color of his skin.

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Troy asks her why, after months of not communicating, she suddenly wants to speak with him. His wife asks him why he's been going off every Saturday, especially since he's supposed to be working on the fence. Rose invests her life in Troy who has lost a significant amount of potential than when they first met. Rose hangs laundry in the yard on Saturday morning. Troy tells Rose that everyone at work thinks he is going to get fired, but he does not think it will happen. Gabriel stops suddenly, thinking he hears some hell hounds. He says that tomorrow he'll have enough plums "for St. Peter and everybody" (1.2.38). Visit to buy new and used textbooks, and check out our award-winning NOOK tablets and eReaders. "My students can't get enough of your charts and their results have gone through the roof." Rose tells him that Miss Pearl won a little money in the lottery the other day. Gabe's recent move out of the Maxson house to an apartment in Miss Pearl's house affronts Troy's manhood because Gabe who cannot hold down a job or live in reality has managed to provide a home of his own for himself, a feat that Troy has failed to accomplish. Rose implies that he's just bringing that up because he's worried about what happened at work on Friday (when Troy complained about the racial inequality). Further, while Gabriel has a neurological defect that explains his delusions, Troy doesn’t—this at least makes us consider that Troy’s fantasizing isn’t really all that different from Gabriel’s, and that Gabriel isn’t really as deluded as he might seem. On the other hand, Troy prefers to see himself as practical and miserly.

He tells her he's already put the coffee on, and that's all he wants. -Graham S. “Would not have made it through AP Literature without the printable PDFs. Troy and Rose talk about the numbers, or lottery game, that Rose and Lyons play. It turns out Gabriel doesn't actually have any plums; he just likes to sing about them. Gabriel, Troy's brother shows up at the house with a basket. Troy’s anger over Cory’s desire to play football continues to fester, and he unreasonably accuses his son of never working—of never having put any exerted effort into anything—in his life, all because Cory is pursuing a cause with which Troy disagrees.

1 Scene two picks up the next day, Saturday morning, as Rose is singing and doing chores, and Troy tells her she shouldn't waste her money playing the lottery. Gabe explains to Troy that he moved over to Miss Pearl's because he didn't want to be in the way. Rose says he shouldn't feel bad; he took care of Gabe in the house as long Gabe wanted to be taken care of. Rose and Troy argue over what to do to help Gabe now that he has moved to Miss Pearl's. Troy says he's going to a place called Taylors' and that he'll finish the fence later. LitCharts Teacher Editions. She complains that the people who really need it never win. A common theme in African American literature has been the concept that to be African American in the United States is to live in a state of absurdity because the government that supposedly represents you (a citizen) has a history of denying you the rights it promises to insure. Troy gets mad because Cory hasn't done his chores. Gabriel brags that he's got two rooms and his own door. Rose leaves, saying she'll make Gabriel some biscuits. Gabe is brain-damaged from a war injury and sometimes thinks he is the angel Gabriel. Gabe leaves Troy after he thinks he sees hellhounds around Troy's feet. Gabe's song, "Better Get Ready For the Judgment," and his hallucination that hellhounds are in Troy's yard warn Troy to change his behavior unsuccessfully because Troy does not hear the message. Troy tells her she shouldn't mess around with the numbers – it's a waste of time. Troy complains that Cory is just trying to avoid helping him with the fence they're supposed to be building. He tells her he's already put the coffee on, and that's all he wants.

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Troy says Gabriel shouldn't be locked up.

By entering your email address you agree to receive emails from Shmoop and verify that you are over the age of 13. Troy’s guilt over using Gabriel’s money to pay for his house, and his empathy for Gabriel’s condition and right to live freely after his sacrifices in the war display a hint of compassion which Troy’s actions later in the play will arguably undermine. He physicalizes a warning and a consciousness for Troy, which Troy does not heed.

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