The child of Troy and Alberta, Raynell is ultimately raised by Rose after both Troy and Alberta die. In this way, Raynell challenges the “fences” that Rose envisions as surrounding, protecting, and holding together her real family. At one point in the play, Rose tells Troy, upon learning of Raynell’s impending birth, that she’s never wanted anything “half” to enter her family. Raynell’s appearance in the world therefore stretches Rose’s ideal sense of a family unified by parental, biological blood, and Rose’s decision to raise him marks a broadening of her conception of what a family can be and how far her love can stretch.
The Fences quotes below are all either spoken by Raynell or refer to Raynell. 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: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Plume edition of Fences published in 1986.).
Act 2: Scene 4 Quotes
The timeline below shows where the character Raynell appears in Fences. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2: Scene 3
Act 2: Scene 4
Act 2: Scene 5
...being distinctly militant, adding that Cory speaks with a “clipped sternness.” Cory says “hi” to Raynell—Raynell doesn’t remember him—and asks if her mother is home. Rose comes to the door to... (full context)