Posted at 10.05.2018
America is a world which aims for success in every situation. The regular struggle and desire to have vitality has produced the American Goal - a desire that all Us citizens should try to be at the top of their potential, where they can achieve greatness, earn a lot of money, gain vitality and admiration, and live a comfortable life. They are able to get a good house, have a happy family and find perfection in their day-to-day life, with lawns trimmed to a certain length and the white picket fence going all around someone's land. It is the pursuit of enjoyment in the Declaration of Independence that drives all Americans forward, with years attempting to achieve more than the previous era could. This natural competition has transferred even in to the smallest of issues, even in the competition between neighbours to truly have a nicer car, or more impressive Christmas accessories on the front lawn. The American Dream will not seem to encourage hindering others or sabotage of other's dreams, but inevitably when there may be competition there may be envy and rivalry can get out of hand. Nonetheless, preferably an American citizen can aim high and with the right persistence, succeed in a variety of aspects of life.
There is a theory that says football is a mirror to the American Desire. John Thorn is quoted often, as he sums it up perfectly - 'baseball is becoming "the great repository of national ideals, the symbol of all that [is] good in American life: reasonable play (sportsmanship); the rule of legislations (objective arbitration of disputes); equal opportunity (each area has its innings); the brotherhood of man (bleacher tranquility); and much more" ' Other sports such as American Football does not have the same equality, as all players have to constantly run and chase for the ball somewhat than using a certain, equal opportunity to step up and have a swing at the ball.
In August Wilson's Fences, the main character is an serious player and true lover of baseball. Troy Maxson is the father of a black family living in a tiny house, and works as a garbage man. Unlike in Death of a Salesman where Willy Loman confirms that the American Aspiration drives him forward to aim higher and expect better, Troy seems to have given up on the opportunities that the North american Dream claims to provide. Based on Wilson's own stepfather, Troy was kicked out of home at a young get older, found work where he could but regularly stole and got put in jail for 15 years in abuse of his crimes. In this time around he learnt the sport and discovered that he had a natural talent for this, etc his release he pursued a career in the leagues, but found it harder than he expected.
" For the immigrants of European countries, a desire dared and gained true.
The descendants of African slaves were offered no such pleasant or participation. They emerged strong, eager, searching. The city declined them in silent desperation and vengeful delight, they stole, and resided in pursuit of their own dream. Which they could inhale free, finally, and stand to meet life with the power of dignity and whatever eloquence the heart and soul could call upon. "
America was much less welcoming to people of African source than the Europeans. Following the slave trade finished, black people found themselves doing menial work, battling to turn over enough money to survive. Segregation was all over, in classes, restaurants and even in sports, such as football. A special Negro League was made to separate the activity between blacks and whites, who could play in Major Group Baseball. While many of the players were in the same way talented if not more, this separation designed that it was less respectable and those who performed make it to the most notable of the Negro Group still did not have the same position as they would have had they been from a white record.
Troy is one particular player who found himself trapped by having less opportunity in the sport's division. To play baseball professionally would help greatly towards Troy's conclusion of the North american Fantasy, but he never got the opportunity. It took a long time before a dark player, Jackie Robinson, managed to get in to the Major Leagues, and slowly and gradually the leagues became integrated, but not in time for Troy's figure to do this. Others in the play simply tell him he 'just arrive too early on' but he retaliates - ' if you may play ball then they must have enable you to play. Don't care and attention what colour you were. ' That is completely valid and should be the situation, but in enough time that the play was arranged people simply did not see it this way. Blacks came with 'two strikes' already, as white People in america believed that they didn't deserve to be a part of the society therefore were waiting around constantly for grounds to remove them. Troy worries this constantly and won't go down without a fight, telling his boy 'don't you attack out'.
Baseball also displays the American Desire within Troy's life through the position of each base around the field. To achieve the American Dream is always to get a complete home run, with each bottom part being a stage of life where something has been achieved. Troy perceives that he has already reached first base, his home and family. In football this is simple to get, for as long as the ball is strike a significant distance, a new player can get to first without too much of a difficulty. To get to second bottom part is harder; from batting it requires a bigger hit, a far more impressive feat of durability and dedication, and running so far as possible. Troy's second bottom part is his affair, stating 'I stood on first base for eighteen years and I thought. . . well, goddamn it. . . continue for this!' By risking jogging to second bottom part, would be to risk being captured out and sacrificing, but without running fourth bottom could never be reached, so Troy totally understood that he previously to go for it. By bad decision and aiming incorrect he ends up losing the love of his partner and his family falls more apart. Troy, like almost all of America, realizes that he must at least try for the next base as challenging as it seems, otherwise he will never carry on.
Where Troy is defeated by his lack of success and is used with bitterness about being caught in his own job without little wish of a promotion, his child Cory continues to be full of expect the prospects that the Wish can bring. 'Fences is a lessons in anticipation' which is seen through younger character, who would like more from life than his dad got, 'I don't desire to be Troy Maxson. I wish to be me. ' Cory has been offered a scholarship or grant for an improved education scheduled to his sporting skills, and Troy is persuaded that it won't be a gain, as he is beaten down by the failings that he has seen in his life. It really is arguable whether Troy is merely being protective of his boy, not hoping him to lose in real life he has done, or whether he is jealous, as he missed out on such an opportunity while segregation was still so prominent. It would be interesting to see what occurred to Cory much later in life, to see whether he did make it, as his identity is so filled with expectation and optimism for what America could do for him. He's fully dedicated to the theory of the American Aspiration, and strives for better for himself and the ones around him.
The play phone calls into question whether the American Dream is truly achievable, and when so, perhaps it is merely easy for a certain group of men and women - surely the Desire is much more accessible with a privileged one who is not pre-judged by the color of their epidermis. Fences questions if the Dream is really just a fantasy, filled with a fruitless quest for happiness that a person will have to awaken from eventually. The Forefathers seem to be to have been idealists, striving for equality and believing in success for any, whereas a realist would understand that not everyone can get, just as one team must lose in a game of baseball.
Those who played out in the Negro Leagues were stunted for sporting opportunities and found themselves looking in foreign countries for better positions. As America sometimes appears as the 'land of the free' and a location where anyone can perform their dreams, it appears odd that dark people found themselves looking elsewhere for their potential for happiness. They appear to be dependent too much on the word 'American' rather than 'Wish'. After scanning this play and looking at the context, I believe people should find their own goal and not depend on the external public influences that drive us to be something that people don't desire to be, like the perfect lawn size. Troy is constantly trying to put up his fence in the garden, but as he never finishes it this shows how he never bought in to the American way enough to thrust for the excellence that they seem to work with. Exactly like his fence, his dreams were unfinished, therefore his life concluded too early before recovery. The play demonstrates to us to stop discussing what you want to do and that which we haven't achieved, but to finally run for second bottom part and simply hope that people make it.