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This phrase means that in life you have to accept misfortune just as much as you accept good fortune. Troy's philosophy here is that misfortune is inevitable, it is a part of life and one must experience it. The phrase also implies a defeatist attitude in the word choice of "crookeds with the straights. via
Who said these words you got to take the Crookeds with the straights thats what papa used to say?
August Wilson Quote: “You got to take the crookeds with the straights. That's what Papa used to say.” via
What is the meaning of the statement death Ain't nothing but a fastball on the outside corner?
What does "death ain't nothing but a fastball on the outside corner" mean? This means that Troy thinks death is not a big deal and that he can fend it off. He thinks he can beat death. via
What does Cory tell Rose about the funeral?
He was rushed to the hospital but had already died. Cory tells Rose that he will not be attending Troy's funeral: "I can't drag Papa with me everywhere I go" (Wilson 96). via
What do fences symbolize?
The fence appears finished only in the final scene of the play, when Troy dies and the family reunites. The wholeness of the fence comes to mean the strength of the Maxson family and ironically the strength of the man who tore them apart, who also brings them together one more time, in death. via
What does baseball symbolize in fences?
The baseball terms symbolize daring and freedom versus stability and safety. Baseball symbolism also describes Troy's relationship with his son. In this case Cory is in the batter's box and Troy is the umpire. via
Why did Troy grow up without a mother?
Troy's father, like many blacks after the abolishment of slavery was a failed sharecropper. Troy claims that his father was so evil that no woman stayed with him for very long, so Troy grew up mostly motherless. Manhood, to Troy, meant separating from his father because of conflict and abuse. via
Why does Troy personify death?
In August Wilson's play Fences, Troy personifies death because he wants to concretize the struggles throughout his life. via
Why does Troy talk to death?
Death ends the play by annihilating the in/out distinction effected by a fence, and Troy dies in an unfavorable status because of his adultery. Wilson therefore seems to speak against Troy's view of death, and how this view informs his approach to life and the lives around him. via
Why did Rose Marry Troy?
In the play Fences by August Wilson, Rose tells Troy that she has married him because she thought that she would be able to change him. via
Why does Cory hate Troy?
Cory feels that Troy is refusing to allow him to play football out of a jealous impulse. He thinks that Troy is worried that he will become a better athlete than his father. Cory also feels that Troy simply does not like him. via
Does Bono go to Troy's funeral?
The last scene of the play occurs in 1965, eight years after its beginning. Troy has died, and it's the morning of his funeral. Rose, Bono, and Raynell (now seven years old) are gathered at the Maxson household. via
What do we find out about how Troy used Gabe's money?
Troy says the lottery is a waste of money and Rose just plays for fun. What do we find out about how Troy used Gabe's money? He used it to buy Troy and Roses house. When Troy says he is going to Taylor's where is he really going? via
What is the moral of Fences?
The main themes in Fences are race, barriers, and responsibility and love. Race: Racism has had a profound effect on Troy's life, and it is his fear that racism will prevent Cory from achieving success that leads to Troy irreparably damaging his relationship with his son. via
What does raynell represent in Fences?
In August Wilson's play Fences, Raynell and the garden are symbolic of the Maxson family's fresh start and of new life. Further, they both symbolize beauty and love. via
Who is Mr death in Fences?
Death” Symbol Analysis. Death appears as a personified figure in Troy's fanciful tales about wrestling with death and buying furniture from the devil. Troy's typically stubborn sense of manhood and strength largely derives from his relationship with death. via
What does Death symbolize in Fences?
In this play, Death represents the obstacles keeping Troy from happiness. Death had a role in Troy's past when he was going through hard times. Troy threatened Death when his relationship with Rose was struggling. At the end of the play, Death finally conquers Troy. via
What does Rose's name symbolize in Fences?
Rose's name, like August Wilson's mother's name, Daisy, is the name of a flower. Rose Maxson exemplifies these traits of compassion in all of her relationships, especially as a parent. Unlike Troy, Rose is a fair judge of character. via
Why did Troy cheat on Rose?
When Rose finally finds out about this affair, Troy explains to her that the affair was a way of escaping the pressures of his everyday life—a way to be without the worries of mundane home-related stresses, such as paying the bills and carrying out necessary home maintenance. via
Why is Troy in jail fences?
Troy went to jail in the play Fences for murder. He accidentally killed a man while attempting to rob him. via
What was Troy doing when he died?
Troy has died from a heart attack when he was swinging a bat at the baseball that hangs from a tree in their yard. Cory returns home from the Marines in his uniform. Lyons also comes home to go to the funeral. Cory refuses to attend the funeral because he wants to rebel against Troy. via
How did Troy get a promotion?
Troy and Bono come from work and make their way to the porch. Troy announces his promotion: he is to be the first African American sanitation driver. Lyons shows up and Bono shares the news about Troy's promotion. Bono asks whether Rand knows Troy does not have a license. via
How does Troy view death in fences?
In this first scene of the play, Troy is afraid of nothing, values his life, and feels in control. Troy's attitude toward death is proud and nonchalant. Troy says, "Ain't nothing wrong with talking about death. That's part of life. via
What does Troy say to death at the end of the scene?
17) At the end of this scene, Troy tells Death that he "can't taste nothing no more," & that "It's between you & me now! Come on! via
How much does Lyons borrow from his father?
Troy's older son, Lyons, has come by to borrow ten dollars. An aspiring musician, Lyons finds himself perennially underemployed. Music does not pay well, and as he indicates in this conversation with his father, he has no desire for any job where he's under someone else's control. via
Why does Troy still shop at Bella's?
Troy shop's at Bella's because he is treated right over there, when he wants to buy a loaf of bread, Bella allows him to pay her back the money he didn't have when he came into buy the loaf of bread. via
What did Troy sacrifice in fences?
Dishonoring his bond with Rose, Troy's family starts to fall apart. For Rose, family is more than a fiscal contract. She tells Troy she felt a devotion to him based on a moral sacrifice of her own, personal longings—a sacrifice which adultery undoes and betrays. via
What is the conflict between Troy and Rose?
The conflict with Rose brings out the selfishness of Troy, and his willingness to hurt her if it meant he could just live a little in a different world with less responsibility. This conflict relates to the theme of how people always want more than what they have, and they don't appreciate it. via
How does Rose respond to Troy cheating?
After Troy confesses to Rose that he impregnated another woman, she responds with confusion and disbelief. Rose understands human nature, so she would not have been surprised if he had cheated when he was younger—he had many admirers before they married. via
What did Rose love about Troy?
The relationship between Rose and Troy developed from a very faithful and loving one to one where Troy became unfaithful. Rose still loves Troy, but felt and dealt with the pain that Troy brought after the affair and wants to show her children that Troy was still good after all the mistakes. via
Does Troy really love Rose?
Although Troy still loves Rose, after eighteen years of marriage, he takes her for granted. Bono is trying to restore the reverence Troy had for Rose in their early years together. ROSE: You know I ain't never wanted no half nothing in my family. via
Is Troy jealous of Cory?
Troy is rather jealous of Cory, and is worried, not so much that he'll be the victim of racism, but that he'll actually succeed where his father failed. Troy does not want Cory to play football because Troy fears that Cory will be disappointed, as racism will interfere with Cory's ability to play. via
What is the main conflict between Cory and Troy in Fences?
The central conflict is the relationship between Troy and Cory. The two of them have conflicting views about Cory's future and, as the play goes on, this rocky relationship crumbles because Troy will not let Cory play collegiate football. via