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Topic 1: Consider the way Troy’s background and character are gradually revealed as “Fences” unfolds. How does this slow reveal make you read his character? Is he a sympathetic character in the end? Are there any sociocultural forces that impact his behavior?
Topic 2: Analyze Troy’s relationship in “Fences” with the personification of death. What does this suggest about Troy’s character? About death? About being black in the United States?