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Monday, March 26, 2012

[Archive Post] Homework Post for Monday, 3/26/12

Tormented and Happy:
Denzel Washington, Viola Davis
in August Wilson's Fences
We ended our last discussion session on August Wilson's Fences with the directive to discern whether the play is a comedy or tragedy. You'll begin writing your answers to this and related questions in class today. You'll finish the day's work by posting your answers here by midnight tonight. This assignment counts as one participation grade. While this assignment is open-book, outside source usage will result in a failure.

Assignment: Answer the following questions in writing:

1. Is Fences a comedy or tragedy?
2. What are the ancient Greek definitions of comedy and tragedy?
3. How does Fences satisfy the definition you claim it does? Properly cite textual evidence from the play.
4. If you claim Fences is a tragedy, then skip to question #7. If you claim Fences is a comedy, then is it satiric (textual evidence)?
5. Is Fences high or low comedy (textual evidence)?
6. If you claim Fences is low comedy, then is it burlesque, artistic, or slapstick (textual evidence)? If you claim Fences is high comedy, then cite three examples.
7. If you claim Fences is a comedy, then skip to question #10. If you claim Fences is a tragedy, then who is the tragic hero (textual evidence)?
8. What is the hero's tragic flaw (textual evidence)?
9. What is the doom which the tragic hero meets (textual evidence)?
10. Identify the main and subplots.

26 comments:

  1. Fences 3/26/12 Tommy Abel

    1. The play Fences is a tragedy because it has events that lead to a dramatic downfall.
    2.The Ancient Greeks defined tragedy as a play that portrays serious conflict between human beings and some superior, overwhelming force. They define comedy as whatever makes us laugh.
    3. Tragedy as we earlier defined displays a large downfall. Throughout fences the protagonist "Troy" is time after time faced with huge decisions in which he decided to make the wrong choice. These poor choices lead to his constant downfall from the beging of fences until the end. Troy's downfall truly begins when he admits to his loyal wife Rose that he is going to be a daddy to another woman's child. From that point on Troys life takes a downward spiral which virtually ends in his death.
    7. In the play fences, the tragic hero is indeed Troy. His selfishness ultimately leads to his less of everyone and everything that he has ever loved.
    8. As the tragic hero, Troy's biggest flaw is his selfishness. This trait is displayed throughout the story. Events where this is evident is when he tells his son Cory he won't be playing college football, when he decides to have an affair with Alberta, when he decides to have another kid with a woman who is not his wife, and when he decides to use his ill brothers man to pay for his house.
    9.The doom which the tragic hero meets is the loss of everyone who loved him, and his ultimate fate which was death. Troy had opportunities to fix his life and he didn't.
    10. The main plot of this story is at the home of Troy and his family. Most of the play is spent on Troy's struggle with his life in general. The subplots that go along with the main plot is the affair Troy has with Alberta, his deteriorating relationship with Rose and Cory, and his ability to be happy.

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  2. 1. Fences is a tragedy
    2. Tragedy- A play that portrays a serious conflict between human beings and some superior, overwhelming force. Comedy- Whatever makes us laugh.
    3. Fences is a tragedy because of the downfall of the main character. He goes from having a family who loves him to a man with no friends and a split family.
    7.Troy is the tragic hero because of him causing his family to split and ultimately leading to his downfall
    8. Troy's tragic flaw is that he is self centered. Troy says that "he wants a new women to laugh with" and doesn't think about how Rose feels
    9. The doom that Troy meets ends up being his death as a sad alone man. He pushed away his family and friends and ended up dyeing because of it after his fight with Corey.
    10. The main plot of the story is how Troy pushes away his family because of his self centered attitude. He cheats on Rose, non supportive of Corey, and doesn't listen to his best friend which ultimately leads to his downfall.

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  3. 1. Fences is a tragedy
    2. Tragedy- the representation of serious and important actions that lead to a disastrous end for the protagonist. Comedy- A literary work aimed at amusing an audience.
    3. Fences satisfies the definition of a tragedy just by Troy cheating on Rose and going to be a father of someone else's baby & him wanting to be with Rose and the "Baby Momma". The textual evidence started on page 1337 when he told her that he was going to be a baby's daddy.
    4. The tragic hero is Troy by him cheating on his wife after being with her for 18 years and saying that this woman makes him feel like he's never felt before and he feels like he stole second base with her unlike when he was with Rose he was still on first base for 18 years waiting to steal second. this was stated on page 1339.
    8. The tragic hero's, Troy's, flaw is that he can't decide which one he would rather be with.
    9. The doom is troy having another woman's baby as stated on page 1337.
    10. The main plot is Troy being a garbage man putting the trash into the truck and he wants to be the driver and his son Cory quit his job at A&P to be a professional football player and Cory told him this while they were finishing the fence. Some of the subplots are Troy bailing his brother Gabriel out of jail, Troy admits his affair with Alberta firt to Bono & then to Rose, Alberta had a baby girl but died while giving childbirth, and TRoy dies from a heart attack.

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  4. Amber Kelly

    1.) Tragedy

    2.) A tragedy is a conflict between humans and some larger force, they always end badly, and that bad ending seems predestined (serious conflict). Also has a tragic hero, and that person has a tragic flaw.
    A comedy is not a serious conflict.

    3.) Fences is considered a tragedy. Troy Maxson would be considered the tragic hero, and his tragic flaw is his selfishness. This play could not be a comedy because it is not a funny story. It is a serious story about a conflict against a larger force. The larger force would be society, and how they treated blacks different from whites back then. "Why? Why you got the white mens driving and colored lifting? Told him. What's a matter, don't I count?" (pg. 1303)

    7.) The tragic hero is Troy Maxson. He is the the tragic hero because he is the one in the story that makes errors of judgment because of his tragic flaw, which is his selfishness. One example is that he does not let Cory play football. "Papa done went up to the school and told Coach Zellman I can't play football no more. Wouldn't even let me play the game. Told him to tell the recruiter not to come." (pg.1333)

    8.) Troy's tragic flaw is his selfishness, because of his selfishness he has lost his family. He cheated on his wife for instance. "I'm talking, woman, let me talk. I'm trying to find a way to tell you...I'm gonna be a daddy. I'm going to be somebody's daddy."(pg. 1337) If this weren't bad enough Troy also expects Rose to be okay with him continuing to see this other women. "Rose I can't give that up." (pg. 1338)

    9.) The doom that Troy meets is that he has basically lost his family. In the end he dies and Cory doesn't even want to go to his funeral. By not supporting Cory with football, cheating on his wife, and letting his brother be put in a mental hospital, he has let everyone down. If it were not for his selfishness, then there would not be such conflicts. for example, at the end of the story Cory doesn't even want to go to Troy's funeral, because of all that he has done in the past. "Mama... I got something to tell you. I don't know how to tell you this...But I've got to tell you...I'm not going to Papa's funeral." (pg. 1350)

    10.) The main plot of the story is about how Troy and Cory disagree on how Cory should spend his life. Cory really wants to play football, but Troy doesn't want him to for two main reasons. The first being that he doesn't want him to be discriminated against, and the second is that he is a little jealous, because he never got to major league baseball. Troy secretly doesn't want Cory to succeed in sports either. Sub plots to this major plot are scenes like when Troy reveals he has been cheating on his wife and has a baby with her. This subplot contributes to the major plot of Cory and Troy's deteriorating relationship.

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  6. 1. Fences by August Wilson is a tragedy.

    2. Comedy = “a revel” In drama, comedy may broadly be defined as whatever makes us laugh. A comedy may be a name for one entire play, or we may say that there is comedy in only part of a play.
    Tragedy = A play that portrays a serious conflict between human beings and some superior overwhelming force.

    3. It is showing a serious conflict that is made with Troy cheating on Rose and the racial conflicts during this era. In the beginning of the story (page 1308 top of the page) it talks about Bono and Troy’s friendship and his admiration of Troy’s honesty, capacity for hard work, and his strength. Yet later on in the story he breaks this and cheats on his wife Rose. In Act 2 scene 1 on pg1337 he admits to Rose that he is going to be a daddy of another women’s child. This begins a major conflict in the story.
    Also in the beginning it discusses how Troy came along at the wrong time for sports because of his race. During this era in the beginning of the book even though he was good he was not allowed to play professional sports but that is now beginning to change. He is angry that he was not given this opportunity (pg 1310-1311).

    7. The tragic hero is Troy. He is the tragic hero because of his actions during this play. He is the one who makes the mistakes because of him being selfish and not honest. He cheats on his wife and is having another woman’s baby. An he will not allow Cory to play football and on pg. 1338 he tells that coach that Corey cannot play football anymore.

    8.His flaw is he does not know who he wants to be with or what exactly it is he wants in life. He is jealous of Cory in his success so he acts selfish and does not allow him to be successful. .
    9. His doom is that he is losing his family and breaking them apart.

    10. The main plots in this story are the conflict between Troy and Cory and sports. During Troy’s era he was very good at sports but because he was black he was not allowed to play. But now Cory has been offered to play football and Troy can’t stand it. Troy even goes to the football coach and says that Cory cannot be on the team. Another main plot is when Troy cheats on Rose and tells her that he is going to be the father of another woman’s child.
    This whole story is symbolized threw the fact of Rose wanting Troy to build a fence. It shows she knew things where going wrong and was trying to bring her family closer and back together which each other.

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  7. PART 1: QUESTIONS 1, 2, 3, and 7

    1. Fences is a tragedy.

    2. The ancient Greek definition of comedy is taken from the word komos, or “a revel.” A comedy is most commonly known now as a literary work aimed at amusing an audience. The ancient Greek definition of tragedy is taken from the word tragoidia, or “goat song,” referring to the goatskin dress of the performers. A tragedy is most commonly known now as the representation of serious and important actions that lead to a disastrous end for the protagonist.

    3. There are many examples as to how Fences is a tragedy. There are a number of serious and important actions that lead to a disastrous end Troy, the protagonist of the story. One example of that is when Troy admits to Rose that he cheated on her with Alberta and is the father of Alberta’s unborn child. Troy says, “I’m talking woman, let me talk. I’m trying to find a way to tell you…I’m gonna be a daddy. I’m gonna be somebody’s daddy” (1337). This leads to Rose asking him why he would do such a thing, and he responds, among other things, “Do you understand after eighteen years I wanted to steal second,” as well as, “I stood on first base for eighteen years and I thought…go on for it!” (1339). Also, Alberta dies having the baby (1341), he gets in another fight with Cory, (1345-1347), and eventually dies at the end of the story seven years later. There is nothing comedic about that; his life spirals in a downward fashion, and that makes this story a tragic one.

    7. The tragic hero of Fences is definitely the protagonist, Troy Maxson. He is not only the main character, but he is the one who is affected most by the actions that take place throughout the story. He is the tragic hero because at the beginning of the story, we see him as a well-liked guy amongst his friends and his family. But, as the story progresses, we learn about his affair, and he starts to grow distant from his family, especially his son Cory, who never seemed to see eye-to-eye with his father. Troy’s wife, Rose, also says to Cory, “By the time Raynell (the child from Troy’s affair) came into the house, me and your daddy had done lost touch with one another” (1351). Troy is the tragic hero because he is the one who ultimately is destroyed by the actions that transpired throughout the story.

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  8. PART 2: QUESTIONS 8-10


    8. Some of Troy’s biggest flaws are that he is selfish, and he lets his pride get in the way of things. But the one that I believe is his tragic flaw is the fact that he wants to be in control of everything. For example, throughout the entire story, he seems to be dueling with both of his sons, Lyons and Cory, whether it be about money in Lyons’ case, or playing football in Cory’s case. Also, he always wants to be in control of his wife, Rose. A textual example is when Cory says he has to get by, and Troy responds, “You got to get by where? This is my house. Bought and paid for. In full. Took me fifteen years” (1345). Cory also lives in that house, but because Troy wants to feel like he is in control, he selfishly says that it’s his house. Troy wanting to be in charge of just about everything, in addition to his selfishness and his huge ego, ultimately lead to his demise later in the story.

    9. The doom that Troy eventually meets is separation from the people that care about him the most, his family. After he tells his wife of eighteen years that he has fathered a child with another woman, his life appears to get progressively worse. Alberta, the woman that he had the child with, died while giving birth to the baby, who we learn at the end is named Raynell. His fights with Cory also seem to increase in frequency and hostility, even turning violent two times, after admitting that he had an affair. Rose tells Cory that, “By the time Raynell came into the house, me and your daddy had done lost touch with one another” (1351). So, at the end of the day, Troy lost the connection that you need to have with your family, and he lived the last seven years of his life disconnected and astray from the people that ultimately could give him the most love and happiness that he needed.

    10. The story takes place mainly at the Paxson home, and the main plot of this story is the life of Troy Paxson, and how he and his family live despite many problems that arise throughout the story. Troy struggles with the fact that he never got a fair opportunity in baseball, fighting with his sons, and most importantly, he struggled to stay loyal to his wife. He then has to tell his wife what he has done, and together, they have to raise the child that was born from the affair. In addition to that, he still continues to fight with his son, and he loses touch with his family later on, and ultimately dies seven years later in 1965. One subplot that takes place is with Rose, who is blindsided by her husband of eighteen years when he says that he is having a baby with another woman. Rose ultimately takes the child is as her own, and raises her. Another subplot we see take place is with Cory, who wants to fulfill his dream of playing college football, but is fought every step of the way by his father, who appears to have a number of reasons as to why he doesn’t want his son playing football. We can obviously see that the main plot has to do with Troy and his problems and struggles, but what he does also affects the people around him, and that’s what leads to some of the subplots that take place throughout the story.

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  9. Eric Hobby

    Fences


    1) Tragedy
    2) Tragedy is a serious conflict between man and a higher power in a play. Comedy is more trivial conflicts between humans and everyday life that is put in a humorous way
    3) It is a tragedy because throughout the book we find the character Troy complain about problems in his life and how he never gets his shot or how things don’t work out for him. In the begin Troy say “Why? Why you got the white mens driving and the colored lifting???” and later in the book we find him complaining about how he never got his shot at playing baseball “ Jackie Robinson wasn’t nobody! I’m talking about if you could play ball then they ought to let you play.” All the complaints he has through out the play all have to do with Troy faces with problems with society and how he is been dealt a bad hand at life.
    7) Troy because throughout the play he is trying to control everything and everyone who lives “under his roof”. He relates his troubles or life to everyone’s troubles or life.
    8) Troy’s tragic flaw is that he thinks he is the best thing since sliced bread. At the end of scene 4 Troy is fighting with Cory. He states, “I can’t taste nothing no more. (Troy assumes a batting posture and begins to taunt Death, the fastball on the outside corner.) Come on! It’s between you and me now!” Troy feels that he can even beat death.
    9) Death is the tragic doom, which comes to Troy. “He still got that piece of rag tied to that tree. He swung that bat and then he just fell over. Seem like he swung it and stood there with this grin on his face… and then he just fell over.” He died in the same spot were a scene earlier was taunting death.
    10) The main plot of this story is just a description of Troy’s life. There are main sub plots. Troy has a number of sub plots starting with his glory days as a baseball play, his affair on Rose, his job and dealing with his sons. Cory has another subplot where he wants to play football and get away from the rule of Troy.

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  10. 1) The play Fences, by August Wilson, is a tragedy.

    2) The Ancient Greeks defined a tragedy a piece of literary work that reveals a serious problem/conflict between humans and a superior, overpowering force. On the contrary, the Greeks also defined a comedy as a piece of work that amuses or makes an audience laugh.

    3) In the play Fences, there are multiple instances throughout the story that portray it to be a tragedy. I believe that the strongest argument that makes it a tragedy would be the case of Troy Maxson’s internal disputes and poor decision making. In the story, Troy states, “It’s just...She gives me a different idea...a different understanding about myself. I can step out of the house and get away from the pressures and problems...” (Wilson 1338). In this scene, Troy is telling his wife that he has had an affair and is happy with both woman, they both have different qualities he wants. The character is so overwhelmed with the internal force of confusion because he “feels happy and fresh” with the new woman but consciously knows he has a wonderful wife loves with a family at home.

    7) Troy Maxson is the tragic hero in the story because he is the character in the story who committed wrong actions and makes mistakes that eventually lead to his downfall. That downfall is him losing his family’s love. The reader gets a good glimpse of this when his son Cory says, “I ain’t got to say excuse me to you. You don’t count around here no more” (Wilson 1345). Cory says this to his father Troy because he doesn’t look at him the same and he isn’t felt as his father anymore ever since he came clean about his affair.

    8) The hero’s (Troy’s) tragic flaw is his unwillingness to be satisfied with his current life. He is not content with pressures the daily life of working, taking care of family, and having the same wife brings him. Troy tells his wife Rose that he has felt like their relationship has gone nowhere in the eighteen years they’ve been married. That is a problem within him because she is a perfect wife and treats him very well.

    9) The ultimate “doom” Troy meets is when the woman he is having an affair with has their child and dies while giving birth. He is left without a mother for that child and his other family is still resenting him. We see this resentment from rose when she says, “...From right now...this child got a mother. But you a womanless man” (Wilson 1343).

    10) The main plot of the story is Troy, father of Cory and husband of Rose, struggles to decide what truly makes him happy. Along the way, he brings down and ultimately loses his family and pushes away his friends unknowingly. Troy prevents his son from playing football in college because he doesn’t want to be discriminated against, ruining Cory’s dream. He cheats on his wife and has a baby with another woman other than his wife Rose. By the end of the story, Troy has lost his the loved ones around him and passed away unexpectedly.

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  12. 1. Fences by August Wilson is a Tragedy
    2. Tragedy is a play that portrays a serious conflict between human beings and some superior, overwhelming force. A comedy is thought to have originated in festivities to celebrate spring, ritual performances in praise of Dionysus, god or fertility and wine.
    3. This story is a tragedy because there is a major conflict between Troy and his wife as well as Troy and his son. The conflict between Troy and his wife is shown in this quote, Troy says “I’m talking woman, let me talk. I’m trying to find a way to tell you…I’m gonna be a daddy. I’m gonna be somebody’s daddy” (1337). The conflict between Troy and his son is that Troy is almost jealous and doesn’t want his son playing college football probably because he didn’t make it to the major leagues in baseball. This quote shows Troy acting jealous as he says “You a bigger fool than I thought. . . to let somebody take away your job so you can play some football. Where you gonna get your money from to take out your girlfriend and whatnot”?(1323, 1324)
    7. The tragic hero of fences is Troy because he is the protagonist and he is the character who encounters the major conflict of the play.
    8. The hero’s tragic flaw was selfishness. Cory says, “Come on pop! I got to practice. I can’t work after school and play football too. The team needs me. That’s what coach Zellman say...”(1324) Troy follows up by saying, “I don’t care what nobody else says. I’m the boss…you understand?(1324) I’m the boss around here. I do the only saying that counts.”
    9. In the end Troy’s selfishness causes him to lose everyone he cared about which ultimately led him to his death. Cory says “Mama…I got something to tell you. I don’t know how to tell you this…but I’ve got to tell you I'm not going to papas funeral.”(1350) This shows how Troy lost a lot of people from his selfishness.
    10. The Subplot is what happens between Troy and his wife Rose and the main plot is how Troy wants to have control of his life and the lives around him and doing that pushed everyone away from him.

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  13. 1. Fences by August Wilson is a tragedy.
    2. Tragedy is a play that portrays a serious conflict between humans and some superior, overwhelming force. Comedy, from Greek komos, “a revel,” is thought to have originated in festivities to celebrate spring, ritual performances in praise of Dionysus, god of fertility and wine. In drama, comedy can broadly be defined as whatever makes us laugh.
    3. The protagonist, Troy, encounters a serious conflict between his son and himself and his wife and himself. The conflict between Troy and Rose, his wife, is shown in this quote found on page 1337, “I’m talking woman, let me talk. I’m trying to find a way to tell you…I’m gonna be a daddy. I’m gonna be somebody’s daddy.” Later on in their conversation Troy shows evidence of his selfishness.“ As the story goes on this tragic hero struggles to face and try to overcome his conflicts but in the end his tragic flaw of selfishness consumes him and he ends up dead.
    7. The tragic hero of Fences is Troy because he is the protagonist and he is the character who encounters the major conflicts of the play.
    8. The tragic hero’s tragic flaw is selfishness shown in the conversation with his wife after he just told her that he is having a baby with another woman, Rose asks Troy if he is going to end it and Troy responds, “I can sit up in her house and laugh. Do you understand what I’m saying. I can laugh out loud…and it feels good. It reaches all the way down to the bottom of my shoes. Rose, I can’t give that up” (1338). In another conversation Troy has with Rose, Rose asks, “What about me? When’s my time to enjoy life?” and Troy responds, “I don’t know what to tell you, Rose. I’m doing the best that I can” (1340).
    9. In the end of the story Troy’s selfishness caused him to lose his family, everything he cared about which ultimately led to his fatal doom of death. You can see how distance grew between Troy and his son Cory when he says, “Mama…I got something to tell you. I don’t know how to tell you this…but I’ve got to tell you…I’m not going to Papa’s funeral (1350).
    10. The Subplot is what happens between Troy and his wife Rose and the main plot is how Troy wants to have control of his life and the lives around him and doing that pushed everyone away from him.

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  14. 1)I believe Fences, by August Wilson, is a tragedy.
    2)A tragedy is when the protagonist's fortune goes from good to bad and ends in catastrophe. The reversal of the main character's fortune is usually a result from their tragic flaw (a weakness or mistake of the protagonist). A comedy, on the other hand, is whatever makes us laugh. It can be the whole play or just a scene. There are several different types of comedy such as satiric, high, low, and romantic. These branches are all funny in their own unique way.
    3)I believe Fences is a tragedy because of Troy's tragic flaw. He fears that if Cory goes to play football he will be discriminated against by white people. He also fears that Cory could be more athletically gifted than him. Because of his fear and worry, he holds Cory back which causes their relationship to crumble into nothing. On page 1333, Cory tells Rose what Troy did, "Papa done went up to the school and told Coach Zellman I can't play football no more. Wouldn't even let me play the game. Told him to tell the recruiter not to come."
    7)In fences, I believe the tragic hero is Troy. In a tragedy, not only does the tragic hero lose their reputation, power, or even their lives; they also lose their spirit and moral. In the beginning of Fences, Troy was a hard worker and had a best friend, Bono. As the play progresses, Troy verbally abuses Cory, has an affair which led to a baby girl, and starts drinking more than usual. As a reader, it's clear that Troy is losing himself as he comes to the realization of Cory possibly being better than him. When Troy comes clean with Rose and tells her that he's having a baby girl with another woman, Rose gives a speech about how she never gave up on Troy and was always there for him. After her speech, she tries to leave the room but Troy grabs her forcefully by the arm causing Rose to say "Troy...you're hurting my arm! Let go!" Troy doesn't let go until Cory comes into the house and punches him.
    8) Troy's tragic flaw is his relationship and feelings for Cory. Although on the surface, Troy doesn't seem to care for Cory, "Liked you? Who the hell say I got to like you? What law is there to say I got to like you?..." pg 1324. Deep down, Troy does care but shows it in less obvious ways. He doesn't want Cory to play football in college because he will probably be a victim of racism and it won't get him anywhere in life. He also fears that Cory will develop the potential to go professional but they'll keep him in the minors because of his skin color. That is what happened to Troy with baseball and he doesn't want to see it happen to his son. After Troy and Cory get into an argument about playing football, Rose asks Troy why he isn't allowing Cory to play football and Troy says, "I don't want him to be like me! I want him to move as far away from my life as he can get...I decided 17 years ago that boy wasn't getting involved in no sports. Not after what they did to me in the sports".
    9) After pushing Cory out of his life by refusing to let him do sports, their relationship is almost non existent. When Troy dies, Cory doesn't even want to be at his funeral. At the end of the play, although Rose and Raynell (Troy's daughter) were probably at the house when Troy died. The reader can assume that he died alone. The more he tried to hold his family back and take advantage of them, the more they broke away and lost care for him.
    10) The main plot is how Troy is trying to control everyone in his life, especially Cory. A subplot is what happens between Troy and his best friend Bono. The pair of them are introduced together in the opening scene and it's to see they're best friends. However through the story, with Troy getting more and more out of control you can tell his relationship with Bono is being torn apart too.

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  15. 1. Fences by August Wilson is a Tragedy

    2. Tragedy is a play that portrays a serious conflict between human beings and some superior, overwhelming force. A comedy is thought to have originated in festivities to celebrate spring, ritual performances in praise of Dionysus, god or fertility and wine.


    3. This story is a tragedy because there is a major conflict between Troy and his wife as well as Troy and his son. The conflict between Troy and his wife is shown in this quote, Troy says “I’m talking woman, let me talk. I’m trying to find a way to tell you…I’m gonna be a daddy. I’m gonna be somebody’s daddy” (1337). The conflict between Troy and his son is that Troy is jealous and doesn’t want his son playing college football probably because he didn’t make it to the major leagues in baseball. This quote shows Troy acting jealous as he says “You a bigger fool than I thought. . . to let somebody take away your job so you can play some football. Where you gonna get your money from to take out your girlfriend and whatnot”?(1323, 1324)

    7. The tragic hero of fences is Troy because he is the protagonist and he is the character who encounters the major conflict of the play.

    8. The hero’s tragic flaw was selfishness. Cory says, “Come on pop! I got to practice. I can’t work after school and play football too. The team needs me. That’s what coach Zellman say...”(1324) Troy follows up by saying, “I don’t care what nobody else says. I’m the boss…you understand?(1324) I’m the boss around here. I do the only saying that counts.”

    9. In the end Troy’s selfishness causes him to lose everyone he cared about which ultimately led him to his death. Cory says “Mama…I got something to tell you. I don’t know how to tell you this…but I’ve got to tell you I'm not going to papas funeral.”(1350) This shows how Troy lost a lot of people from his selfishness.

    10. The Subplot is what happens between Troy and his wife Rose and the main plot is how Troy wants to have control of his life and the lives around him and doing that pushed everyone away from him.

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  16. 1. The play Fences is a tragedy.

    2. Tragedy is defined as a conflict between a character and a superior in most cases it is morality, religion, life itself, or the universe. Comedy is defined as a play in which the audience can watch and see the questions of everyday life in play and occasionally get a laugh out of it.

    3. Fences is a tragedy because there are a few major conflicts between the main character Troy, and his sons, Lyons and Cory, and his wife, Rose. One of the conflicts is brought to our attention early on in the story. On page 1313 Troy's son Lyons comes over and asks Troy for money, and Troy responds with "I'll be damned! I'll die and got to hell and play black jack with the devil before I give you ten dollars." Lyons never directly says what he wants the ten dollars for but Troy has an ongoing fight with him saying the only time he comes around is on payday. Another conflict Troy encounters is with his other son Cory. Cory is being recruited to play football in college and Troy disapproves because when Troy played baseball he was always turned down because of the color of his skin and he didn't want Cory to have nothing to do because he invested his entire life in football. On page 1322 it is apparent that Troy doesn't want Cory to play football when the two get in an argument about Cory not having a job at the A & P because he was playing football. Troy said,"I don't care where he coming from. The white man ain't gonna let you get nowhere with that football noway. You go on and get your book-learninh so you can work yourself up in the A & P or learn how to fix cars or build houses or something, get you a trade. That way you have something can't nobody take away from you. You go on and learn how to put your hands to some good use. Besides hauling people's garbage."

    7. The tragic hero is defined as a hero in whom makes a bad decision or who has a character flaw. In the story Fences the tragic hero is Troy because on page 1337 when Troy and Rose are having a conversation about how Troy got another woman pregnant. That was a bad decision that effected Troy and Rose both, but Troy was selfish and didn't think about the whole picture he just thought about what he wanted at the time.

    8. Troy's tragic flaw was cheating on Rose as I said in question number seven, and going to Cory's school and telling them that Cory is not going to play football, so there is no need for the recruiter to come down. Troy seems to not care about his family on page 1324 when he was talking to Cory and said, "Liked you? Who the hell say I got to like you? What law is there to say I got to like you?..." or on page 1339 Troy says to Rose, " Then when I saw that gal... she firmed up my backbone. and I got to thinking that if I tried... I just might be able to steal second. Do you understand after eighteen years I wanted to steal second." Troy pretty much breaks his entire family up because he did something stupid, and now he can't change that he has another child coming.

    9. The doom in which Troy meets at the end of the story is death. But earlier on Troy fooled around with another woman and got her pregnant so he now has another child on the way. That was not planned nor expected and he has to tell Rose that he cheated on her and now he will have proof of his affair.

    10. The main plot of the story is that Troy is the head honcho of the house, and he thinks everything is his way or the highway. He tries to control everything and in doing that he breaks his family up. His one son goes to jail, his other son leaves and joins the Marines, and his wife doesn't talk to him for a good bit of time. A subplot in the play is everyone leaving because of Troy's actions. Including his best friend Bono in whom he was very close with at the beginning of the play. Then when Troy cheated Bono kinda looked at him differently.

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  17. 1) I feel that Fences by August Wilson is a tragedy.

    2) A Comedy is more of a petty conflict about everyday life that is put in a more funny way. A tragedy portrays a serious conflict between humans and a higher source

    3) This is a tragedy because the main character, Troy was indecisive with his choices. He was portrayed as a bad person because he messed up with his wife, brother, son, and best friend. He had an affair on his wife with a lady down the street and tells his wife, “Then when I saw that gal…she firmed by backbone. I got to thinking that if I tried…I just might be able to steal second. Do you understand after eight-teen I wanted to steal second” (Wilson 1339). Troy is basically telling his wife that they have spent eighteen years going no where and another lady came in and gave him what he felt she couldn’t. He is have an internal conflict with himself and is overwhelmed.

    7)A tragic hero who is a character who might make poor decisions or actions that will eventually result in his or her defeat. In the play, Troy Maxson is a tragic hero because he chooses to do wrong to so many people displaying the qualities of a tragic hero. Troy is finally brought to realization when he brings home the baby to his prior family when Rose says, “From right now…this child got a mother. But you a womanless man” (Wilson 1343). Rose refuses to take him back even though she has taken in the child. He is left on his own.

    8) Troy’s flaw is that he is indecisive with his life, family, and how he treats others. He downgrades people to make himself feel better and he doesn’t want his son to surpass him in life accomplishments. Troy belittles his son asks if Troy likes him and he responds saying, " Like you? I go out of here every morning...bust my butt...putting up with them crackers every day...cause I like you? Its my job. It's my responsibility! A man got to take care of his family" (Wilson 1324).

    9) The ultimate doom that Troy had was in the end of the play when he was met by an unexpected death. Rose described his death near the end by saying, "He was out there swinging that bat. I was just ready to go back in the house. He swung that bat then he just fell over" (Wilson 1350). The reason it is so coincidental is because he the only thing he ever seemed proud about in his life was baseball and how good he was at it. He related everything to baseball, the ups and downs of life was like a batter in the box swinging. I thought that it was his doom to die doing the one thing he actually enjoyed in life.

    10) The Subplot is what happens between Troy and his wife Rose and having a baby with another woman. The main plot is how Troy wants to have control of his life and the lives around him and doing he succeeds in pushing everyone away from him

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  18. 1. The play Fences by August Wilson is a tragedy.

    2. The ancient Greek definition of a comedy is criticizing human weaknesses or mistakes, making them satiric.
    The ancient Greek definition of a tragedy is a story with a poor ending. In a tragedy there is a battle between humans and something else that is seen to be viewed as bigger than themselves.

    3. Fences is a tragedy because the main character Troy runs into conflicts and changes not for the better further in the story. He confesses to his wife, Rose, that he had an affair with Alberta. The results to this was he got Alberta pregnant during the time of his eighteen year long marriage go Rose. This was proven on page 1337. While giving birth Alberta dies and it's up to Troy to raise this child while still living with Rose and his sons. Another way this story's a tragedy is Cory and his father Troy get into a physical fight on page 1345, making Troy's relationship with his family weaker.

    7. The tragic hero in his play is Troy. Life was going smoothly for Troy in the beginning and it seemed as if he started off being a decent person and got along with the people around him in his life. His relationship with Cory wasn't always the strongest. As a result to his actions, Troy is hit the most out of everyone in the play especially after speaking of his affair to Rose.

    8. The hero's tragic flaw was his egotistical side of him and it took over him and the best of him. When you're carrying too much pride it alters your relationships with the people around you and especially your loving support system. Troy in the end loses touch with his family completely and dies alone seven years of being alone.

    9. The doom Troy falls in is when he completely loses touch with his family. Rose cares for Alberta's baby and keeps it as her own.

    10. The story mainly is at Troy Maxson's home. The main plot is the everyday struggles Troy faced throughout his life. During Troy's childhood he was mainly raised by his father, not his mother. Troy and his father got into a fight and Troy was beaten for it and then was afraid of his father and then their relationship went downhill. Now with Troy and his son Cory they're not seeing things similarly and so an a response they fight. Cory and Troy fight over Cory wanting to play football. A struggle Troy faced in his younger years was that he wanted to play baseball and struggled to be able to be on the team and was denied. He in a way is envious of Cory wanting to be on the football team and going for what Cory wants.

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  19. 1. Tragedy
    2. As defined by the Greeks comedy is a type of play that deals with whatever makes us laugh, while tragedy deals with big problems and the meaning of life and other much larger issues emphasizing life goals and future dreams and conflict with a force beyond normal standards.
    3.I consider this a tragedy because troy has continual fights with death which is not a trivial or comedic action on page 1312 paragraph 2 troy states he's already seen and fought with death.
    7. The tragic hero is troy because we are seeing the world through his point of view toward page 1321 troy is arguing with his son about getting a television and how life could not allow him to Troy’s perspective always seemed gloomy and glass-half-empty.
    8. Troy’s tragic flaw is his loyalty toward his responsibilities even though troy took care of his family he ended up failing his wife by cheating on her as seen on page 1339 troy sais that the other woman made him feel good obviously not a good enough reason for him to cheat.
    9.the doom met by troy was he ended up fathering to another woman's baby and lost his fight with death.
    10.the main plot is a man supporting a family while there are three main subplots one is his rivalry with death two is his responsibilities as a father and the third is his loyalty toward his wife.

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  20. 1. Fences is a tragedy not a comedy because it is not very funny how selfish Troy is and how he cheats on Rose
    2. Tragedy- A play that portrays a serious conflict between human beings and some superior overwhelming force
    Comedy- A literary work aimed at amusing an audience. Comedy is one the basic modes of story-telling and can be adapted to most literary forms, from poetry to film. In traditions comic plotting, the action often involves the adventures of young lovers, who face obticles and complications that threaten disaster but are overturned at the last moment to produce a happy ending.
    3. One main scene where I first noticed that this was a tragedy was in Act II Scene I. On page 13387 when Troy confronts Rose about the affair he has been having. “I’m talking, women, let me talk, I am trying to find a way to tell you.. I’m ganna be a daddy. I’m ganna be someone’s daddy” This is how Troy told Rose about the affair. “I have to wait eighteen years to hear something like this” says Rose
    7. The tragic hero in the play is Troy because the tragedy is based around his life and his problems. Troy had many problems such as him and roses failed marriage (even though they are still together), his relationship with his son cory, and his brother Gabriel.
    8. Troy’s tragic flaw is his selfishness. His need for another women even though he needed to put all his effort into Rose. His selfishness effects his relationship with Cory because he does not want Cory to play football for the simple fact that Troy did not succeed in baseball. Also, his selfishness shows when he uses Gabriel’s money to buy his house
    9. The Doom Troy meets is death. He dies as a result of his own selfishness because that is what made him so stressed and inevitably caused the heart attack.
    10. The main subplots are Troy and Cory’s relationship, Troy dealing with Gabriel, Troy and Lyons relationship, and Troy’s battle with death.

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  21. Katherine Hooker
    1. The play Fences is a tragedy.
    2. Comedy is a literary work that’s purpose is to amuse an audience. The protagonist often faces obstacles and complications that threaten disaster but are overturned at the last moment to produce a happy ending.
    A tragedy is a play that portrays a serious conflict between human beings and some superior, overwhelming force. It ends sorrowfully and disastrously.
    3. Fences is a tragedy, because it portrays a serious conflict between human beings and an overwhelming force. In this drama, the larger questions about human morality and the universe are portrayed through Troy’s encounters with his family and everyday experiences. The overwhelming forces that oppose Troy (and the African American population) are the boundaries created by race and how segregation and discrimination affect individual’s concept of society and how it should work. In the play the symbolic representation of this superior force is Mr. Death. Troy taunts death several times, “I say…what you want, Mr. Death? You be wanting me?” (1312). He undergoes a reversal of fortune and happiness throughout the play; once he reveals that he cheated on his wife and kicked his son out of the house, he lives a lonely life.
    The drama has another element of tragedy; it ends sorrowfully with the death of Troy, but through his death a greater issue is addressed. After his death Cory states, “I can’t drag Papa with me everywhere I go. I’ve got to s ay no to him. One time in my life I’ve got to say no” (1350). This illustrates an individual being set free from those aspects of life that hold us back; in this case, he believed his father’s selfish and controlling nature was what held him back from moving on in life.
    A theme that was mentioned several times was the idea of keeping people close, Bono stated, “Some people build fences to keep people out…and other people build fences to keep people in. Rose wants to hold on to you. She loves you” (1335). This idea of building a fence to keep people out or in, illustrates one of these larger questions of human morality and intentions. It is human nature to keep those people you know and love most (family) close, and shut out the outside world that is mysterious, unfair, and judgmental. It is easier to stay in the comfort of one’s own home, where the injustices of the world are forgotten; this idea crosses racial borders, it happens to both blacks and whites.

    7. The tragic hero in this drama is Troy. He is the main character (protagonist), and the story is based off of his experiences, and he is the one who endures a reversal of fortune and is ultimately at loss. He not only endures the loss of outward fortune (power and reputation), but he also suffers in loss of moral and spirit. This loss of moral character and spirit is seen at the end of the play when his wife no longer feels the same about him. After he brings his daughter to Rose, he asks her to help him take care of the baby. Rose replies, “I’ll take care of your baby for you…cause…she’s innocent…and you can’t visit the sins of the father upon the child…from right now…this child got a mother. But you a womanless man” (1343). She agrees to raise his child, but wants no part of him. He doesn’t have the life he once had, he doesn’t have a wife who loves him and a family that is functional. He is in a very dysfunctional relationship with his wife, and he is not happy.

    8. Troy’s tragic flaw is his jealousy towards his son Cory and his opportunity to play football, his selfishness, and his need to be in control. Troy doesn’t allow Cory to play football, “Papa done went up to the school and told Coach Zellman I can’t play football no more. Wouldn’t even let me play the game. Told him to tell the recruiter not to come”(1333). Even though Troy says he is doing this with Cory’s best interest in mind, he is jealous that his son might make it further than he did and that’s why he told the recruiter not to come. He blames it on the racial tension his son might face, but in fact he is jealous and selfish.

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    1. 9. Troy eventually dies in the drama, but before this ultimate doom he is subjected to lack of companionship, because of some of the choices he made. He cheated on his wife and got another woman pregnant, and he tormented his son and ruined his opportunity to play college football. As a result of these actions he “lost” his family; his son left home, and his wife (although she agreed to raise Troy’s motherless daughter) no longer wanted anything to do with him. He lost his companion and he lost his son; this ultimately made him very lonely even though he wouldn’t admit it. After he pleads with Rose to help him raise his baby, she says “From right now…this child got a mother. But you a womanless man”(1343). Later on in the story he loses his fight with death and dies. Another aspect of his doom is the fact that his own son doesn’t want to go to his funeral. He wanted to rid himself of his dad’s shadow and influence, “Papa was like a shadow that followed you everywhere. It weighed on you and sunk into your flesh. It would wrap around you and lay there until you couldn’t tell which one was you anymore” (1350).

      10.The main plot starts with Troy’s payday; with this, Troy and Bono have a ritual of drinking and talking. Troy’s son Cory is told he has a chance to play college football, but Troy doesn’t allow Cory to play instead he makes him get his job at A&P back. Later, Troy gets a promotion at his job to be a driver. After this promotion, Troy’s brother, Gabriel, is arrested for disturbing the peace and put in jail; Troy then has to bail him out. Troy and Bono work on a fence around the house; Troy believes that his will keep his family from leaving. Later, Troy comes clean about his affair with Alberta and learns she is pregnant with his daughter. She is born and Alberta dies in childbirth. Rose agrees to help raise the baby and Troy kicks Cory out of the house. Troy inevitably dies and his son does not even want to come to his funeral.
      The subplot is the experiences of Cory. He is a young African American, who has the opportunity to play college football. Instead of the issue of race taking that chance away, his own father did. He harbors anger towards his father throughout the play because of this. After the baby is brought home, Cory and Troy get into a physical fight and Cory ends up leaving. Years later he comes back, and is a Marine. He doesn’t want to go to his father’s funeral, but ends up going because of something his little sister said. Cory grows and changes from a young boy under control of his father to an independent Marine who is finally ready to leave the “shadow” of his father in the past.

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  22. Mary Kogler

    1.) “Fences” is a tragedy.
    2.) The ancient Greek definition of comedy is when the protagonist often faces obstacles and complications that threaten disaster but are overturned at the last moment to produce a happy ending. The ancient Greek definition of tragedy portrays a serious conflict between human beings and some superior, overwhelming force. It ends sorrowfully and disastrously, and this outcome sees inevitable.
    3.) “Fences” is a tragedy because in the story, Troy has many conflicts in his life and with his relationship with a close friend and family. This just adds to Troy’s unhappiness towards the end of the play. One of the last scenes, Troy had a fight with his son, Cory, which ends with Cory being kicked out of the by Troy. “I ain’t going nowhere! Come on. . . put me out! I ain’t scared of you. . . .Come on, put me out. . .” (1346).
    7.) The tragic hero in “Fences” is Troy because he is the protagonist and is the
    the character in the story who made mistakes and committed in the wrong actions that eventually lead to his downfall. This downfall occurs when he loses his family and closest friend Bono, due to his poor decisions. Such as when he tells his wife about his affair and that she is carrying his child. “It’s just . . . She gives me a different idea . . . . a different understanding about myself. I can step out of his house and get away from the pressures and problems . . . be a different man” (1338).
    8.) Troy’s tragic flaw is his pride. This created his downfall and how he wants to
    have control of everything. He is so worried about his son surpassing him on his athletic ability that he does on the field. And thus he does not allow Cory to play football in college. “You go on down there to that A&P and see if you can get your job back. If you can’t do both . . . .then you quit the football team. You’ve got to take the crookeds with the straights . . .” (1324).
    9.) The doom in which Troy meets is his death and the sad life he lived due to the poor decisions he has made. His life takes multiple ugly turns and this leads Troy’s fate to go down hill. At the end of the play, at Troy’s funeral, the people and the lives he affected, forgive him and finally understand why he acted the way he did. Gabriel says the final line, “Hey, Rose. It’s time. It’s time to tell St. Peter to open the gates. Troy, you ready? You ready, Troy. I’m gonna tell St. Peter to open the gates. You get ready now. That’s the way that go!” (1353).
    10.) The main plot of the story is about Troy, who tries to control everything which leads to the break-up of his family and loss of a close friend. His son, Cory leaves and joins the Marines, his other son, Lyson, winds up in jail and his wife Rose does not talk to him for quite some time. The subplot in the play is everyone leaving because of the things Troy does and the decisions he’s made. Overall, trying to control his family, does he lose them and himself in the end.

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  23. 1. A Tragedy

    2. Comedy is used more to entertain the audience, but using things that occur on a daily basis and relationships in which they can put into two categories: Low & High comedy. Tragedy on the other hand is a play/writing that has serious conflict between human beings and a bigger source and often ends badly.

    3.Fences is a tragedy because Troy who is the main character has struggled in his past which makes him act how he is. Throughout the story, he is thought to be the one who makes the decisions and everything is always based off of what he says, and what he says, goes. He does things to make his friends and family become distant, and the play ends with his funeral.

    7.Troy who is the tragic hero because he is the main character of the story (protagonist) and everything revolves around him and is the one who is involved in the major conflicts.

    8.He doesn’t let anyone do what they want, he thinks he is in control of everything like Cory wanting to go to football and Troy won’t let him for his own personal reasons. (Pg. 1324 “I don’t care what nobody else say. I’m the boss…you understand? I’m the boss around here. I do the only saying what counts.”

    9.Troy’s boom is when towards the end of the story he goes up to Rose, and admits to having an affair with another woman and is having a baby. Up to that point, the couple was not as strong as before but this incident definitely made things worse, and let everyone down. (Pg. 1337. “I don’t know how to say this, I can’t explain it none. It was just sort of grows on you till it gets out of hand……..i’m trying to find a way to tell you…I’m gonna be a daddy. I’m gonna be somebody’s daddy.”

    10.The plot of the story is Troy who is unhappy with his life at this point, controls everyone else’s life. He has a good wife at home, but doesn’t appreciate her, and two kids who are doing good for themselves but doesn’t notice it. He treats everyone as if they were nothing special to them, when in reality his family, and his best friend Bono were the closest things he had. The subplot is when all of this was happening, Troy was having an affair with another woman and ended up getting her pregnant, and led to having a more distant relationship with Rose.

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  24. Rachel Gross

    1. Fences by August Wilson is a tragedy.

    2. A comedy is a literary work aimed at amusing an audience. The traditional comic plotting involves the adventures of young lovers who face obstacles and complications that threaten disaster but are overturned at the last moment to produce a happy ending. A tragedy is the representation of serious and important actions that lead to a disastrous end for the protagonist. It is portrays a serious conflict between human beings and some superior, overwhelming force. A tragedy ends sorrowfully and disastrously; it evokes "katharsis" by means of events involving pity and fear. A tragedy brings a morally good but not perfect tragic hero from happiness to unhappiness because of a mistaken act, to which he or she is led by a "hamartia," an error in judgment.

    3. Fences is a tragedy because portrays serious issues that eventually end in disaster. The play includes a tragic hero who has a tragic flaw. The play deals with the issues of cheating, what war can do to someone mentally, and how society has developed overtime concerning racism.

    7. The tragic hero in this play is Troy. Troy is the protagonist of the story who is dealing with the wrong choices he has made and of a greater force weighing him down. The bad choices that Troy makes continually throughout the play only help point out that he is the tragic hero of this play. On page !337, Troy says to Rose, "I'm gonna be a daddy. I'm gonna be somebody's daddy." Troy is clearly pointing out one of his flaws, desire.

    8. Troy's tragic flaw is greed. On pages 1313 and 1314, Troy's son Lyons comes over for a visit and asks if he can borrow $10. Troy is stingy and doesn't want to lend the money to his own son. Troy ends up going about on a rant about having to pay the devil $10 a month to stay alive hoping that it will get him out of giving money to Lyons.

    9. The doom that Troy meets is divorce and eventually death. Troy has had an affair with a woman named Alberta and when Rose finds out, she isn't pleased. She doesn't talk to Troy for six months straight. Alberta ends up dying during childbirth and Troy is left with a baby girl named Raynell. Troy eventually, with his pride and greed, pushes away his family by kicking Cory out of the house and signing papers for Gabriel to be but in a mental hospital. Troy dies of a heart attack after swinging his baseball bat out in the yard. On page 1350, Rose says about Troy, "He was out here swinging that bat. I was just ready to go back in the house. He swung that bat and then he just fell over."

    10. The main plot in this play is Troy's desire to control everything, whether it be money, his own life, or the lives of his family. The subplots include Troy's affair with Alberta, Troy's struggles with the relationships he has with his sons, and the relationship that he has with Rose and Gabriel.

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  25. 1. Tragedy
    2. As defined by the Greeks comedy is a type of play that deals with whatever makes us laugh, while tragedy deals with big problems and the meaning of life and other much larger issues emphasizing life goals and future dreams and conflict with a force beyond normal standards.
    3.I consider this a tragedy because troy has continual fights with death which is not a trivial or comedic action on page 1312 paragraph 2 troy states he's already seen and fought with death.
    7. The tragic hero is troy because we are seeing the world through his point of view toward page 1321 troy is arguing with his son about getting a television and how life could not allow him to Troy’s perspective always seemed gloomy and glass-half-empty.
    8. Troy’s tragic flaw is his loyalty toward his responsibilities even though troy took care of his family he ended up failing his wife by cheating on her as seen on page 1339 troy sais that the other woman made him feel good obviously not a good enough reason for him to cheat.
    9.the doom met by troy was he ended up fathering to another woman's baby and lost his fight with death.
    10.the main plot is a man supporting a family while there are three main subplots one is his rivalry with death two is his responsibilities as a father and the third is his loyalty toward his wife.

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