It is easy to make the case that August Wilson's play Fences is a tragedy and that Troy Maxson is its tragic protagonist. Few comedies end with a funeral, and there is no denying that Troy's character and life are the stuff of tragedy. But Wilson's vision is much larger than Troy's heroic side, his deeds and omissions. Troy, for all his strengths, is flawed humanity in need of grace and forgiveness.
Such grace and
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Wilson, August. Interview. A Worm of Ideas. By Bill Moyers. New York: Doubleday, 1989. 167-80.
By JOSEPH H. WESSLING, Xavier University
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