Essay Questions On Troy

  • 1

    Why does Gabriel carry a trumpet around his neck?

    Because of a head injury, Gabriel believes that he is the angel Gabriel and that he is able to open the gates of heaven with his trumpet. While the audience knows that this is not literally true, the final scene shows that Gabe becomes the play's figure of redemption. He unsuccessfully tries to blow his trumpet and when that does not work, dances his brother into heaven. Troy does not have the play's last word; instead, it is the fool, the representation of innocence, that finally offers Troy deliverance.

  • 2

    Why is the setting of the play important?

    The setting of the play is important because the 1950's represents a time of great upheaval in race relations in the United States. Troy Maxson represents a previous generation that now watches the world move on around them. They have been maligned by white transgression in the past and yet have been able to procure a small portion of the country's booming wealth for themselves. Troy dies, however, in 1965, the year of the greatest legislative triumph of the Civil Rights era. He is not able to enjoy the victory that he helped bring about.

  • 3

    Why is Troy Maxson considered an "everyman" character?

    Troy Maxson is a character of universal type. Though his life is dictated by the particulars of the African American experience of the early twentieth century, his failings as a man as well as his small measures of redemption are applicable to all people. Wilson deftly creates a character who is a flawed and identifiable hero, through his responsibilities to family and his inabilities to live up to his own high expectations. His battles with his sons resonate across racial and cultural lines as universal human experiences.

  • 4

    Explain the play's principal metaphor of the fence.

    Jim Bono best sums up the play's overarching metaphor by explaining to Troy, "Some people build fences to keep people out…and other people build fences to keep people in.” Both Troy and Rose Maxson attempt to build emotional fences throughout the play. Rose attempts to keep her family within her fence by being a good and faithful wife. Troy is more concerned with an emotional fence that never permits his sons to understand his love for them.

  • 5

    Is Rose's character an example of feminism or an example of the repressed role of women in society?

    Scholars have been divided on Rose's role in the play. Some have seen Rose as the prototypical 1950s housewife, disappearing into her husband and leaving no room for her own self to flourish. Others, however, have seen Rose as occupying a feminist position; she does remain a housewife and mother but only because she makes the choice for herself. No one forces motherhood on her. She admits that when Troy takes pieces of her, it is because she gives those pieces out of her own choice. But then, what other choice does she have?

  • 6

    Discuss the role of the blues in Fences.

    Troy's blues song for his dog, Old Blue, is an example of Wilson's use of blues music in the play. Troy takes on the role of an archetypal blues character who has seen his world taken away from him for his transgressions. The blues also acts as a form of aural tradition. Cory and Raynell sing Troy's blues song as they bury him, representing pieces of Troy that pass down through generations.

  • 7

    Discuss the meaning of baseball in the play.

    Troy uses baseball as a metaphor for his own life, yet the audience comes to understand that the game Troy plays is not necessarily the one in which he sees himself. Troy remembers himself as a star in the Negro Leagues, but he was never given a chance to prove himself. His relationship with Alberta, and the selfishness that it inculcates in him, is his chance to please himself in a way that he never could while playing baseball. Troy, however, fails at his own game. His failures in his relationships with his wife and son represent two strikes in his life. The inevitability of his death is his third and final strike.

  • 8

    What traits make Troy Maxson an unlikable protagonist?

    Troy is seen as an unsympathetic character for much of the play because of the emotional fence he builds to keep his sons and wife from seeing and accepting his underlying love for them. This is best observed when Cory asks Troy why Troy does not like him. Instead of offering a reassuring remark, Troy shames his son by telling him that there is no law that says he must like him. The fence that Troy puts up to keep his sons from accepting him also acts as a fence to keep the audience from sympathizing with Troy.

  • 9

    What traits make Troy Maxson a redeemed protagonist?

    For all of his faults, Troy Maxson is ultimately redeemed. This is accomplished through the small glimpses of care and affection that his children remember in the play's final scene. Raynell tells Cory that Troy always called her room "Cory's room" and that he never threw out Cory's football equipment. They close the play by singing Troy's old blues song about his dog. It is inevitable that fathers pass on pieces of themselves to their children. Through this process, Troy becomes a redeemed character and a flawed hero, but a hero nevertheless.

  • 10

    Discuss the cycle of father-son relationships in the play.

    In the play, sons become outraged at the actions of their fathers. This outrage turns into hate, and yet the sons cannot help but bear a resemblance to their fathers. For Troy, this happens when he assaults Cory and kicks him out of the house. Troy believes that he is protecting Cory from a life of failure in football, yet Troy has become the same man that his father had been. The final scene sees Cory struggling with this same dynamic. He seeks to reject his father, but he cannot completely leave Troy - he carries his memory, influence, and song with him.

  • 123 results found, view free essays on page:

    • Yeats Long Legged Fly

      564 words

      In his poem Long Legged Fly, William Butler Yeats, examines the notion of human genius, and its many aspects. The apparent theme that Yeats attempts to show is that peacefulness is required in order for one to utilize their genius ability. The title itself, Long Legged Fly, has a symbolic meaning. It is a metaphor for a tranquil and clear state of mind, which is a key ingredient to enhance genius. The people who posses this ability have a power that extends above and beyond the ordinary. They ap...
      Free research essays on topics related to: stanza, yeats, state of mind, fly, genius
    • Professional Athletes High Risk

      382 words

      In the past there were and are many disputes over the high salaries of professional athletes. I think that these athletes should receive the high salaries that they deserve. One reason why I think professional athletes should receive such high salaries is that they are highly skilled. Professional athletes train and practice hard almost everyday and for most of the day. Most professional athletes also have played sports in college. Look at Michael Jordan, he played college basketball. Another re...
      Free research essays on topics related to: high risk, charities, salaries, athletes, professional athletes
    • Romeo And Juliet Falls In Love

      1,733 words

      The course of time has opened many doors in terms of romance. The present age not only consists many different forms in which love can be expressed, but exhibits the essence of romance that dates back to the dawn of time. Love has existed in many forms throughout time. There is no better example than in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this tale, when love is most apparent, the most crucial events occur to develop this "tragedy. " Firstly, the lustful romance of Mercutio and Benvolio, ...
      Free research essays on topics related to: mercutio and benvolio, shakespeare romeo, ii ii, falls in love, romeo and juliet
    • Romance Fear Of Death Gives An Like Effect

      1,080 words

      There are many ideals related to romance, including such things as love, excitement, violence, fear and commonly war. This is presented in such texts such as the Trojan war where men are fighting for the love of a woman. In Romeo and Juliet where Romeo is excited by fear of the Capulets, or in My Sweet old Etcetera where the soldier is thinking of his lady rather than of the ensuing battle. Thus it is evident that romance is commonly related to violence, danger, and fear of death (particularly i...
      Free research essays on topics related to: home life, trojan war, fear of death, cat in the rain, romeo and juliet
    • Gloria Estefan Successful Life

      387 words

      There's no growth with out a lot of hard work and little risk. " ( web xml / troy cities /geo. htm) This statement is a reflection of what Gloria stands for. However there is more to Gloria, than concerts and videos, her personal life. Which would consist of family and marriage. Then of course there is her fabulous career. Gloria was born in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, her father, was a cuban solder. Gloria left cuba when she was two years old. Gloria ...
      Free research essays on topics related to: september 2, album, gloria, band, cuba
    • Women Play Three Years

      1,011 words

      In The Odyssey by Homer, there were many great women that had conflicting personalities and adverse motives, but also they were alike. With these oppositions they helped Odysseus to get back home to Ithaca, whether they wanted to or not. These women from the novel that have opposing qualities, yet help Odysseus get home and finish off the suitors, are Penelopeia and Clytemnestra, Circe and Calypso, and Eurycleia and Melantho. Clytemnestra is a disloyal wife and a cruel woman, while Penelopeia is...
      Free research essays on topics related to: suitors, women play, odysseus, three years, one thing
    • Femme Fatale Ancient Greece

      1,588 words

      ... red various monsters and beasts from his quest of the twelve labors. Jason came across the dragon that guarded the Golden Fleece in his quest to regain the throne at Iolcos. And, Theseus met with creatures and beasts, such as the Minotaur, from his own labors in his quest to regain the throne at Athens. Along the way, the hero is also certain to encounter a femme fatale or an enchantress, who tries to add difficulty to the task at hand, but also sometimes ends up helping out. Helen can be co...
      Free research essays on topics related to: ancient greece, femme fatale, h 2, trojan war, journey home
    • Zeus The Human Or Priam God

      838 words

      In Homers Iliad, Priam, the human King of Troy, and Zeus, the divine King of the gods, are only separated by the gift of immortality. Homer compares and contrasts these great kings to show the results of this gift. Zeus is less invincible and imperturbable than he should be for his divine status. Both the divine King of the gods and the human King of Troy have a weakness for their children, which brings the mighty immortal god to the down to level of the lowly human. Homer draws these similariti...
      Free research essays on topics related to: king priam, zeus, priam, long years, homer shows
    • Noble Deeds Patiently Suffer Odysseus

      531 words

      In The Odyssey by Homer there are many important themes that are also reflected in many movies of todays time. One of them is that the idea of fate may feel very uncomfortable. The fact that people have no control over their lives can make them very uneasy about life. Another theme is that great heroes are created by the noble deeds that they do. And yet another theme is that patience is something that must be learned over time, usually by some type of suffering. Patience is a virtue that must b...
      Free research essays on topics related to: deeds, odysseus, patience, armageddon, noble
    • Development Of Dunstan Ramsey

      957 words

      Scientist, psychologist, biologist all pose the question of How the complex human mind develops, Robertson Davies shows the rise, zenith and decent of his character Dunstan Ramsey. The development of Dunstan Ramsey, in Fifth Business, is associated with the psychological rebirth. Jungian psychology identifies this as individuation. Daryl Sharp simply explains individuation in The Jung Lexicon as; Induced by ritual or stimulated by immediate personal experience, it results in an enlargement of th...
      Free research essays on topics related to: jung, fifth, final step, dunstan, fifth business
    • Nature Of Human Ten Years

      342 words

      The Odyssey is the story of the homecoming of another of the great Greek heroes at Troy, Odysseus. Unlike Achilles, Odysseus is not famous for his great strength or bravery, but for his ability to deceive and trick (it is Odysseus's idea to take Troy by offering the citizens a large wooden horse filled, unbeknownst to the Trojans, with Greek soldiers). He is the anthropos polytropos, the "man of many ways, " or the "man of many tricks. " His homecoming has been delayed for ten years because of t...
      Free research essays on topics related to: nature of human, achilles, mortal, odysseus, ten years
    • Loss Of Her Hair Belinda And The Baron Pope

      807 words

      Pope had translated the Iliad recently before writing the Rape of the Lock so it is no wonder that the poem contains many allusions to it and other epics. Pope used the heroic couplet fore mostly because of the awe in which he held the epics and secondly because it provides a superb field in which to satirist whilst maintaining levity. His mocking of the epic begin in the first two lines of the poem: What dire offence from across causes springs, What mighty contests rise from trivial things, Thi...
      Free research essays on topics related to: satire, rape of the lock, belinda, belinda's, pope
    • Troilus And Criseyde Geoffrey Chaucer

      1,115 words

      TROILUS AND CRISEYDE Table of Contents Introduction The Age of Chaucer Troilus and Criseyde Characterization in Boccaccio and in Chaucer... 6 The Tenour of Medieval Life Courtly Love (I, 69, 3 - 5) Introduction This present work is based on one of Chaucer's great poems, Troilus and Criseyde. It deals with its origin, its characteristics and the idea of courtly love in it. Everything is considered from a historical and literary point of view. It includes some information about the author himself ...
      Free research essays on topics related to: english poetry, courtly love, english period, troilus and criseyde, geoffrey chaucer
    • Hector And Achilles Native Land Battle

      634 words

      Hector and Achilles One of the most important episodes in Homers Iliad is the conflict between Hector and Achilles. Here, we are dealing not only with historical events, but with the reality created by Iliad. The contraposition of Hector and Achilles is not a mere conflict of two warriors. The conflict can be compared to the struggle of opposites. Hector is entirely devoted to his native land, nation and his nearest and dearest people. He is the man who was born in the fortress, protected by the...
      Free research essays on topics related to: iliad, native land, hector, memories, achilles
    • Sheriffs Department Reality Shows

      397 words

      University: Lecturer: Course: Date: Sheriffs department core values Terrorism is common in the United States of America; it is a major cause of insecurity among the people living in Los Angeles. It has become so hard for people to move on due to ugly marks left behind by these attacks. In the bid for unity amongst the people, the sheriffs department came in handy with values to help settle this issue. (Leroyd, 2005) Leaders working in different departments were guided by those values created in ...
      Free research essays on topics related to: reality shows, sheriffs department, 2009, people living, attacks
    • The Role Of Ancient Gods

      1,316 words

      The Role of Ancient Gods When we study ancient Greek and Roman literature, we realize that the world perception in those times, among people, was much different from what it is now. It is especially become obvious when we begin to analyze the role of mythical and religious elements in ancient literature. According to the classical Christian theological theory, peoples need for believing in supernatural beings is caused by their fear of nature. This concept strikingly reminds Marxist explanation ...
      Free research essays on topics related to: ancient greek, greek and roman, homers odyssey, city of troy, divine beings
    • Skylla And Kharybdis Western Literature Odysseus

      1,068 words

      If there is any possibility that a comparison could be made with the famous journeys of Odysseus and Aeneas, it must be known that Aeneas is actually a hero in search of his own soul while Odysseus is a hero trying to find his old life and in a sense, his old soul. The Aeneid is very much of a spiritual quest, which makes it unique in ancient literature and in contrast with the Odyssey. Only Virgil admits to the possibility that a character can change, grow, and develop. In the story? s earlier ...
      Free research essays on topics related to: aeneas, western literature, odysseus, antinoos, confidence
    • Oedipus The King Similarities And Differences

      899 words

      Lai, Erik October 5, 19984071 E 7 X- 01 Similarities and Differences Between The Odyssey and Oedipus the King In the world of literature, there are many similarities and differences between them. These similarities and differences are significant because the reader can learn and thoroughly comprehend them. Two examples of such literature are the epic poems Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles and The Odyssey, written by Homer who were both Greek poets. Oedipus the King and The Odyssey share ma...
      Free research essays on topics related to: oedipus the king, similarities and differences, works of literature, riddle of the sphinx, city of troy
    • Romeo And Juliet Falls In Love

      1,762 words

      The course of time has opened many doors in terms of romance. The present age not only consists many different forms in which love can be expressed, but exhibits the essence of romance that dates back to the dawn of time. Love has existed in many forms throughout time. There is no better example than in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this tale, when love is most apparent, the most crucial events occur to develop this tragedy. Firstly, the lustful romance of Mercutio and Benvolio, Rom...
      Free research essays on topics related to: juliet , falls in love, mercutio and benvolio, romeo and juliet, frost
    • Interventions From Gods Body Of His Son Achilleus

      1,020 words

      In Book 24, the scene between Priam and Achilleus, which may also be called The Banquet, served as the climax of the poem. During this scene a series of events developed themselves to resolve some very important situations in the Iliad Achilleus was returned from his deep sorrow and anger for his dear friend Patroklos. Also, he realized that it was time to stop his great stubbornness, to leave behind his behavior, to change. The interference from the gods and symbolism were used by Homer through...
      Free research essays on topics related to: iliad, achilleus, dead body, priam, hektor

    123 results found, view free essays on page:

    Comments

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *