Fences

Alberta Character Analysis

Alberta is the woman with whom Troy has an affair. At the beginning of the play, Troy and Bono talk crudely about her attractive physique, and Bono questions Troy about his involvement with her throughout the book. Eventually, Bono realizes that Troy is having an affair with Alberta, and tells Troy that he must make everything right. Ultimately, Troy fails at this: he impregnates Alberta (with Raynell), and as a result his eighteen-year-relationship with Rose disintegrates.

Alberta Quotes in Fences

The Fences quotes below are all either spoken by Alberta or refer to Alberta. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Plume edition of Fences published in 1986.
Act 2: Scene 1 Quotes

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Related Characters: Rose Maxson (speaker), Troy Maxson, Alberta
Page Number: 70
Explanation and Analysis:

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Alberta Character Timeline in Fences

The timeline below shows where the character Alberta appears in Fences. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: Scene 1
Blackness and Race Relations Theme Icon
Practicality, Idealism, and Race Theme Icon
Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
The conversation then shifts to discussing a woman named Alberta. Bono asks Troy how he thinks one of their fellow co-workers is “making out” with... (full context)
Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
As the two men continue to crudely discuss Alberta’s body, Rose enters from inside the house, walking onto the porch where Troy and Bono... (full context)
Act 2: Scene 1
Practicality, Idealism, and Race Theme Icon
Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
Bono then tells Troy he’s seen where he and Alberta “all done got tight.” Troy asks what Bono means, and Bono explains that he’s seen... (full context)
Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
...say that Rose is too good for him—that he doesn’t measure up because he’s seeing Alberta. Bono responds by saying he knows how important Rose is to Troy, explaining that he... (full context)
Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
...he didn’t go out looking for anything, and thinks that no woman compares with Rose, Alberta has nonetheless stuck onto him, and that he can’t shake her off. (full context)
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Manhood and Fathers Theme Icon
Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
...Rose finds out, since sooner or later it’s going to happen if he doesn’t drop Alberta and continues juggling both relationships. Troy replies that he’s been trying to figure out how... (full context)
Practicality, Idealism, and Race Theme Icon
Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
...asks where this “we” that Troy is bringing up was when he was sleeping with Alberta. Troy responds by saying that Alberta gives him a different idea about who he his—that... (full context)
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Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
...or not, and he says that he can’t give up the laughter and joy which Alberta helps him to feel. After Rose suggests that Troy leave her for Alberta, since she’s... (full context)
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Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
...Troy he should have stayed in her bed, and Troy responds that, when he saw Alberta, “she firmed up my backbone.” Arguing that, after eighteen years, Rose should understand that he’d... (full context)
Act 2: Scene 2
Manhood and Fathers Theme Icon
Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
...distanced from her husband, always wondering where he is (and imagining that he’s always with Alberta). But he continues to reject her concerns, and insists that he comes home every night,... (full context)
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Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
...still resisting any genuine communication with Rose, says that he’s on his way to see Alberta at the hospital, since it looks like she’s going to have the baby early. Rose... (full context)
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...goes to answer it. She returns, and we learn that it was the hospital calling: Alberta died during childbirth. The baby—a girl—is okay, and healthy. Rose says she wonders who will... (full context)
Practicality, Idealism, and Race Theme Icon
Manhood and Fathers Theme Icon
Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
Mortality Theme Icon
...pushing anyone away, and asks Rose to give him some room to breathe and process Alberta’s death. Rose leaves, and Troy addresses Mr. Death. Speaking to his own personified phantom of... (full context)
Act 2: Scene 3
Manhood and Fathers Theme Icon
Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
...daughter is motherless and doesn’t know anything about “grownups’ business,” meaning his own affair with Alberta. But Rose rejects him, and asks, “What you telling me for, Troy?” She then re-enters... (full context)
Act 2: Scene 5
Manhood and Fathers Theme Icon
Family, Duty, and Betrayal Theme Icon
Mortality Theme Icon
...with great hesitation—mirroring his father’s reluctance to tell Rose that he’d had an affair with Alberta—Cory tells Rose that he’s not going to Troy’s funeral. Rose, however, won’t accept this, and... (full context)