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Fences: Plot Summary
Fences: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Fences: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of August Wilson
Historical Context of Fences
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- Full Title: Fences
- When Written: 1983-1987
- Where Written: United States
- When Published: June 1986
- Literary Period: Black Urban Realism
- Genre: Tragic Comedy, Drama
- Setting: Pittsburgh’s Hill District in the 1950s
- Climax: The climax of Fences occurs when Cory tries to fight Troy with a baseball bat, enraged at the way his father has always treated him and at his betrayal of his mother, Rose.
- Antagonist: While none of the characters in-themselves embody an antagonist, Troy’s fictional, personified figure of “Mr. Death” is something of a personal enemy to him, making the abstract, impersonal force of death into something more intimately meaningful.
- Point of View: Theater
Extra Credit for Fences
Autobiography. August Wilson wrote a one-man play called How I Learned What I Learned, which follows his own life as a young writer, exploring his struggles and the influences he drew from the Hill District of Pittsburgh.
Big Screen, Big Stars. Fences was made into an award-winning 2016 film starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Wilson died in 2005, but finished a draft of the screenplay before his death.