TROY AS TRAGIC HERO
Character Analysis in AugustWilson’s “Fences”
http://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.1881696.1293235290!...
MYTHOLOGY IN “FENCES”
WILSON’S PURPOSE
We’ve already
established that
Wilson’s plays in his
Pittsburgh Cycle were
intended to reflect the
Afric...
GROUNDED IN CULTURE’S MYTHS
Wilson also follows in the tradition of
classical Greek theatre.
Greek playwrights (like Aes...
WHAT ARE THE MYTHS ADDRESSED IN
“FENCES”?
myth: a widely
held but false
belief or idea.
WILSON WEAVES
MYTHOLOGIES TOGETHER
AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY
Yoruba trickster hero Eshu
“a spirit of Chaos and Trickery, and plays
frequently by leading mortals to...
AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY
Troy is a descendent of Eshu; he wants
complete satisfaction or nothing at all.
He’s a trickster.
His...
GREEK MYTHOLOGY
Character’s names (i.e.Troy)
Troy’s hubris (exaggerated self-
confidence) when it comes to facing
death....
BIBLICAL MYTHOLOGY
Troy wrestles with Death, Jacob
wrestles the angel (Genesis).
Character’s names (i.e. Gabriel)
AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY
Those associated with baseball.
Concept of fair play
Fairness ofTroy’s fate
TRANSCENDING TROY
Wilson’s use of mythology elevates
Troy from the garbage collector
who lives in Pittsburgh, drinks on
F...
A HERO!
WHAT’S A HERO?
IN THE LITERARY SENSE?
Defining theTerm
A MYTHIC HERO
Male or female, born under special
circumstances (i.e. noble birth, child of
a god), show early signs of be...
A TRAGIC HERO
Has the qualities of a mythic hero, plus…
fated by the Gods or by some supernatural force
to doom and dest...
A FOLK HERO
Ordinary person who is scoffed at by
others.
While lacking superhuman qualities, this
person is special in o...
WHAT ABOUT TODAY’S HERO?
A MODERN HERO
Someone who embodies
the characteristics of the
mystic/folk hero in recent
history
Martin Luther King Jr.,...
HERO’S QUEST/JOURNEY
A journey taken in
search of something of
great value, usually
something that affects
all of society...
YOU DECIDE: IS TROY A HERO OF
MYTHIC/TRAGIC PROPORTIONS?
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  1. 1. TROY AS TRAGIC HERO Character Analysis in AugustWilson’s “Fences” http://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.1881696.1293235290!/httpImage/2536408603.JPG_gen/derivatives/display_600/2536408603.JPG
  2. 2. MYTHOLOGY IN “FENCES”
  3. 3. WILSON’S PURPOSE We’ve already established that Wilson’s plays in his Pittsburgh Cycle were intended to reflect the African-American experience in American during each decade of the 20th century.
  4. 4. GROUNDED IN CULTURE’S MYTHS Wilson also follows in the tradition of classical Greek theatre. Greek playwrights (like Aeschylus and Sophocles) crafted plays to show their fellow citizens human weakness and potential for growth.
  5. 5. WHAT ARE THE MYTHS ADDRESSED IN “FENCES”? myth: a widely held but false belief or idea.
  6. 6. WILSON WEAVES MYTHOLOGIES TOGETHER
  7. 7. AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY Yoruba trickster hero Eshu “a spirit of Chaos and Trickery, and plays frequently by leading mortals to temptation and possible tribulation in the hopes that the experience will lead ultimately to their maturation” (“Eshu”)
  8. 8. AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY Troy is a descendent of Eshu; he wants complete satisfaction or nothing at all. He’s a trickster. His trials and tribulations include Alberta, baseball, work, etc. His goals are success and survival, regardless of the cost.
  9. 9. GREEK MYTHOLOGY Character’s names (i.e.Troy) Troy’s hubris (exaggerated self- confidence) when it comes to facing death. Allusion to Homer’s The Odyssey and The Illiad: structure of a journey Allusion to Oedipus in Troy’s blindness after he fights his father.
  10. 10. BIBLICAL MYTHOLOGY Troy wrestles with Death, Jacob wrestles the angel (Genesis). Character’s names (i.e. Gabriel)
  11. 11. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY Those associated with baseball. Concept of fair play Fairness ofTroy’s fate
  12. 12. TRANSCENDING TROY Wilson’s use of mythology elevates Troy from the garbage collector who lives in Pittsburgh, drinks on Fridays, and cheats on his wife into something more…
  13. 13. A HERO!
  14. 14. WHAT’S A HERO? IN THE LITERARY SENSE? Defining theTerm
  15. 15. A MYTHIC HERO Male or female, born under special circumstances (i.e. noble birth, child of a god), show early signs of being special (i.e. superhuman qualities) Often emerges through a journey, also called a quest. Odysseus, Joan of Arc, Hercules
  16. 16. A TRAGIC HERO Has the qualities of a mythic hero, plus… fated by the Gods or by some supernatural force to doom and destruction, or at least to great suffering simply cannot accept a diminished view of the self has a clear-cut case of hamartia.This word is commonly translated from the Greek as "tragic flaw"; however, a more direct translation is "missing of the mark.” This causes the hero to fail in his journey.
  17. 17. A FOLK HERO Ordinary person who is scoffed at by others. While lacking superhuman qualities, this person is special in other ways (exceptionally kind, cleaver, resourceful, etc.) Johnny Appleseed, Babe Ruth, Daniel Boone
  18. 18. WHAT ABOUT TODAY’S HERO?
  19. 19. A MODERN HERO Someone who embodies the characteristics of the mystic/folk hero in recent history Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Helen Keller
  20. 20. HERO’S QUEST/JOURNEY A journey taken in search of something of great value, usually something that affects all of society. Traditionally associated with mythic/tragic heroes.
  21. 21. YOU DECIDE: IS TROY A HERO OF MYTHIC/TRAGIC PROPORTIONS?

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