Troy’s brother, Gabriel is the victim of a brain-injury he received at war. As a result of the injury, Gabe’s gone insane and lives trapped in the psychotic belief that he is St. Gabriel. He therefore sings songs warning about judgment day, and frequently mentions that he’s working to chase hellhounds (sinning demons) away; he even tells Troy that he’s personally seen his name in St. Peter’s book of judgment. While Gabe insists that he’s in regular association with renowned religious figures, he also considers himself to no longer be human, and to have died and been spiritually reborn into his sainthood. In this chronic preoccupation with his own immortality and spiritual destiny, Gabe is yet another avenue through which the play’s portrayal of mortality finds a voice. Gabe’s obsession with the final day of judgment resonates with the eventual death of Troy, whom Gabe subtly foreshadows through his preoccupation with the end of the world.
Gabriel Maxson Character Timeline in Fences
The timeline below shows where the character Gabriel Maxson appears in Fences. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: Scene 2
Act 1: Scene 4
Act 2: Scene 1
Act 2: Scene 2
Act 2: Scene 4