‘Fences’ (Cory): “All you ever did was try and make me scared of you”

Monologues from the August Wilson classic, Fences

FENCES by August Wilson

From: Play

Type: Dramatic

Character: Cory is Troy and Rose's teenage son who is being recruited to play college football.

Gender: Male

Age Range: Late Teens


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CORY: I live here too! I ain’t scared of you. I was walking by you to go into the house cause you sitting on the steps drunk, singing to yourself. You can put it like that. I ain’t got to say excuse me to you. You don’t count around here no more. That’s right. You always talking this dumb stuff. Now, why don’t you just get out my way.

You talking about what you did for me… what’d you ever give me? You ain’t never gave me nothing! You ain’t never done nothing but hold me back. Afraid I was gonna be better than you. All you ever did was try and make me scared of you. I used to tremble every time you called my name. Every time I heard your footsteps in the house. Wondering all the time… what’s Papa gonna say if I do this?… What’s he gonna say if I do that?… What’s Papa gonna say if I turn on the radio? And Mama, too… she tries… but she’s scared of you. I don’t know how she stand you… after what you did to her. What you gonna do… give me a whupping? You can’t whup me no more. You’re too old. You just an old man.

You crazy! You know that? You just a crazy old man… talking about I got the devil in me. You took Uncle Gabe’s money he got from the army to buy this house and then you put him out. Come on… put me out! I ain’t scared of you. Come on! Come on… put me out! Come on! Come on!

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