‘’by August Wilson

In‘,’ I think August Wilson has expressed the experiencesAfrican Americans went through in the 1950s. His focus seems to be onthe racial and cultural differences within the American societies.The setting of the book seems to cover the Civil Rights era of the1960s and 1970s when African Americans were fighting to attain equalrights as whites. In the 1980s, the struggle for equality was at itspeak as many were determined to remove the differences between peopleand races. According to Wilson, African Americans had a distinctculture, but they being different from whites did not permit theWhites to discriminate against them. White dominance is evident inBono’s statement, which reads, “Well, as long as you got yourcomplaint filed, they can’t fire you. That’s what one of themwhite fellows tell me” (Wilson, 1988, p.12). The African-Americansor other communities considered inferior by societies do not requirebecoming a part of a majority culture to fully enjoy their ownrights.

Itis correct to say that Wilson in his play ‘’ focuses onillustrating that it is painful and destructive for societies tomaintain racial and cultural differences. One illustration ofdestructive practice is evident in the saying “some people buildfences to keep people out…and other to keep people in” (Wilson,1988, p.61). The practice of Troy hindering his son from joining afootball college due to the fear of him being discriminated is afence that destroys their relationship. Troy lived in a society thatdiscriminated against the colored people to the point thatAfrican-Americans could not play in Major League games. Corey, Troy’sson, makes an effort to follow his dream of becoming a footballer byseeking a college scholarship. Corey has no thoughts of colordiscrimination, as all he wants is to follow his dream. However, hisfather Troy, who is still bitter about losing a chance to play inMajor League Baseball, is not ready to allow his son to play footballdue to the fear that his son will forget about his culture during hispush for success. Troy still considers Negro Leagues as a sign ofAfrican American pride. Troy’s action creates a conflict ofdifference between him and Corey, which destroys their relationship.Rose, Troy’s wife, tries to warn Troy by telling him “he cannotvisit the sins of the father upon the child” (Wilson,1988).It is clear Rose understands that pain of a generation ends when anew generation starts. Every new generation may get more of lifecompared to the one before, but Troy believes life stays the same,which is misleading.


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