The article by Harry J. Elam, Jr. examines symbolism and realistic acts depicted in his angelic characters’ transcendence. The author closely views Wilson’s way of taking realistic resolutions and uses a parallel approach to appropriately intersects the thoughts into the domestic American and modern discourse touching on the minority. The work of Wilson avails a resolution concerning the issues touching on an innocent man who has been handicapped from acting on his ability to elevate himself in societal positions. Elam, therefore, explores imagery depicted in the play through the character Troy Maxson who visualizes a father holding his child.
The article shows how American fathers’ fake domestic realism is a conservative and troublesome issue invoked in the play. Repetition is applied to show how the son’s and father’s behavioral pattern reflects the modern identity. The conventional realism is expanded, allowing the provision of a definition which clearly outlines the domestic, familial setup of a woman’s position that had been problematized. Troy’s adulterous tendency is portrayed as a message to his wife to reassess her familial position. The use of angelic roles possessing characters such as Angela and Gabriel is the reformulation of fundamental conventions. This portrays controversial patriarchs who are victims of social oppressive systems and cultures through the use of retrospective constructions. The use of juxtaposition in Fences places the historical and cultural events of immigrants’ reception in the North-East part of the United States where the African-Americans migrated South. Monologue accompanied by a dance reflects current American culture exhibited within their poetic language and prisons.
This article is essential since it relates to current issues affecting individuals within America. The use of metaphor is used to depict the situation which involves the oppression of the African-Americans by the whites. It explores the association created between the formed play setting to the modern issues occurring in society. These similarities exhibited within the play and modern society’s setting explains exhaustively the problems existing within America.