Marriage and Fences
Troyes wife, builds fences to protect her own vulnerablllty through her Christianity, In the family’s home, and through her husband, Troy. Rose uses her Christianity to build a fence around her. In Act l, Scene II, Rose sings to herself “Jesus, be a fence all around me every dar (Wilson 1478). Rose is devoted to her children, but tends to use church as a way to escape all of her conflicts instead of confronting her problems. Escaping to church leads her to her most powerful fence In the play, her Lord, Jesus Christ. She uses her faith to keep her loved ones afe from forces that may threaten or harm them.
With such an unhappy marriage Rose realizes that woman can have a life outside their home as well as men. While battling her marriage and realizing it is failing, “Rose finds her strength in religion; she turns to the church” (O’Reilly 20).
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The beginning setting occurs on the front porch of the Maxson’s house. The small dirt lawn is partially fenced until the last scene (Wilson 1468). The fence is represented In Roses eyes as “an expression of her desire to define and protect what she 20). Rose nags Troy to flnlsh building the fence In the yard, “Go n, Troy!
You supposed to be putting up this fence” (Wilson 1482). In Act II, Scene I of the play Troy, Cory and Bono work on the fence. Both Troy and Cory are uncertain why Rose wants a fence built around there house. Bono explains to the boys “Some people build fences to keep people out… and other people build fences to keep people In. Rose wants to hold on to you all. She loves you” (Wilson 1497). Rose wants to keep her son and husband close Inside their home to provide a stable, caring family that she didn’t have as a child. In the end, neither son nor husband stays close.
In the end, the fence built pushes people away. Troy loses his wife because of the lack of dedication and Cory was unable to reach the values his father expected of him. Using the fence in the yard Rose tries to protect her family, but Troy is breaking through the fence to have freedom. Rose builds a fence around the greatest thing that happened to her, her husband of eighteen years. She burled her dreams Inside Troy, “planted a seed and watched and prayed over it” (Wilson 1502). Instead of Troy coming home after work he is out having an affair with another woman, Alberta, the omen whom has his future daughter.
Once the child is born, Alberta passes away. Rose agrees to take in the child as if it was one of her own, but she refuses to forgive Troy. She uses the church as her spouse. Troy’s has no sympathy for the betrayal of Rose. After being disloyal he “Informs her of his unfaithfulness, he Insists, “l ain’t Rose continued to build fences throughout the play to protect her from harm. She used her faith to escape confrontation, the fence in the front yard to protect her family, and she built a fence around Troy to be the only women he sees.