‘Fences’ (Troy): “A man got to take care of his family”

FENCES by August Wilson

From: Play

Type: Dramatic

Character: Troy Maxson was a former baseball player in the Negro Leagues who now works for the sanitation department.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 40's | 50's

Summary: Troy tells Cory, his son, that it's his duty to take care of him.

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TROY: Like you? I go out of here every morning… bust my butt… putting up with them c— every day… cause I like you? You about the biggest fool I ever saw. (Pause.) It’s my job. It’s my responsibility! You understand that? A man got to take care of his family. You live in my house… sleep you behind on my bedclothes… fill you belly up with my food… cause you my son. You my flesh and blood. Not ’cause I like you! Cause it’s my duty to take care of you.

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