Sample English Essays on The PlayTroy Maxson: Fences


            Troy is not a hero in the play. Throughout the play, it gets evident that Troy has a lot of underlying and unsolved matters in his life that prompt him to act in various ways. I would describe his personality as chatty, brave, grumpy, hardworking, mean, and rude. Throughout the play, however, it becomes evident that Troy has personal struggles and history like abusive family relationships where himself, including his mother, ran away from their abusive father. Fences help to gain empathy concerning Troy, even while pinpointing his many mistakes and shortcomings (Wilson 6). The play depicts Troy as a hardworking father, husband, and friend who sacrifices his own desired and needs to provide for his loved one. Troy, however, does not have a personality that accommodates people since he kicks out two of his sons while shattering their dreams and goals about playing sports or music.

Troy Maxson’s description

The fifty-three-year-old man is charismatic, chatty, and hardworking. Even before he gets home, it remains clear to note that Troy is hardworking and talkative. Bono, his long time friend that he met when locked up, attests that working with Troy brings him joy as the man with large hands acts as a guide and brother to Bono. Troy, however, loves his family. Upon getting home in the afternoon, Troy openly flirts with his wife Rose, even in the presence of Bono. His destructive nature comes out when Rose mentions A&P as a better alternative store from Bella (Wilson 11). His upright and traditional character of viewing concepts and aspects of life show that he’d rather pay more for products since he has room for credit rather than go to an altogether cheaper store.

Troy, nonetheless, turns adamant and uncooperative concerning his children’s choices. Lyon and Cory both decide to pursue their dreams and goals in music and sports. Troy does not like the proposition from his failed baseball career. The father continually reminds his children that they would achieve nothing through pursuing passion; instead, they remained better in finding a job like the garbage collector. Troy always engages in fights and arguments with his son. First, he kicked out Lyon because he refused to get responsibility for the sake of music. Even when his son borrows him $10, Troy uses the situation to talk about how he only sees his son whenever he needs some money (Wilson 20). Troy also argues with Cory a lot, especially when Cory goes off for football practice without handling his chores, including mending the fence. Fences also explain that Troy gets a daughter with another lady apart from Rose that completely changes the couple’s relationship. The entire of Tory’s family always remains in arguments from Tory’s unwavering opinions and rules under his roof.

Layer by Layer

Troy’s struggles and history remain realized by analyzing the play layer by segment. Throughout the play, it remains evident that Troy has a lot of underlying challenges that he continues to face, even with his family. First, once he explains his father’s story, it is evident why he insists on independence among his sons. Troy’s father, as he put it, was the devil himself. His father’s nature would soon lead him to run away to find his life. Troy had no option but to turn to steal. Once he met Rose and had a child, he would take three times as much as before to protect his family (Wilson 54). Despite the acts he got involved in, it remains clear to the audience that he performed the acts from good intentions specially focused on providing for his entire family. Troy, however, does not comprehend that his era and that of his sons remain different. Even though he insists on independence, Troy sometimes forces instructions requiring strict followthrough from his family.

Troy’s Fences

Troy has a lot of struggles and fences. First, he intended to change his job from a garbage collector to a driver. During the beginning of the play, he draws attention from drivers when he asks the reason behind all drivers only being white. Troy later presents his case to the commissioner’s office and gets the job (Wilson 7). The concept represents the first fence that Troy overcomes. In his home, however, there are a lot of fences not yet defeated. First, his relationship with his sons seems to go from bad to worse. Lyon does not live in the house, and Cory has no respect left for his father. Lyon had to leave home from his father’s orders because he refused to get a job and focus on music. Cory, on the other hand, finds himself stuck with chores despite his love for football. Constant arguments concerning Troy’s ways of living contradicting with that of his sons represent a fence that Troy does not get to overcome. Troy also loses Rose’s love and respect when he gets a child with another woman. Despite the couple’s talk on the matter, Rose does not similarly love Troy after realizing his deeds.


Despite Troy’s violent actions, especially against his son, we gain insight throughout the play for him based on various reasons. First, Troy did not experience any form of fatherly love from his father. If anything, he began to take care of himself from a young age. The era that brought up Troy compared to that of his sons, on the other hand, is different. Troy grew up in a time when working at a job meant everything. His sons, however, are in an age of self-expression where all career matters to people. Comprehending such differences remained invisible for the fifty-three-year-old. Troy is also trying to feed and protect his family to his best ability (Wilson 78). Even though he fails at raising his family and taking care of his wife, ordeals, and circumstances that came before him prove that his toughness came from the point of love instead of hate or despise.


Work Cited

Wilson, August, and Seret Scott. Fences. Spark Publishing/SparkNotes LLC, a division of Barnes & Noble, 2014. pp. 1-145.