The Parks and Miller plays, while similar in their exploration of the African American experience, differ considerably in terms of main themes and conflicts.
August Wilson’s play “Fences” focuses on the struggles of a former Negro League baseball player Troy Maxson, living in 1950s Pittsburgh. The play focuses on how racism has impacted his life and his relationships with those around him. It is a very emotionally charged story about the generational divide between Troy, an older African-American man frustrated by his station in life and lack of opportunity due to racism, and his son Cory who is growing up facing fewer limitations than he did but still suffering from various forms of systematic oppression which limit his potential. The main theme explored in “Fences” is that even though society may be changing for some individuals, it will not change overnight or equally for everyone; many people are left behind as generations pass.
Compare and contrast the main theme and conflict of the Parks and Miller plays.
Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” has Willy Loman as its protagonist: an aging salesman struggling to find stability as he faces financial uncertainty due to dwindling sales commissions combined with mounting debt from unfulfilled promises made by him to others over the decades. He also feels pressure from being seen as outdated compared to younger salesmen who are more successful than him using newer approaches such as utilizing computers instead of just relying on personal networks which was what he relied upon at the peak of his career. As opposed to “Fences” where race largely defines the conflict between father and son, this play centers around capitalism itself being a major source if not entirety of conflict faced by characters throughout this piece such as negative economic expectations based off societal views & ideals due to failing economy/market conditions & classism rooted within them trying desperately not fall into same socioeconomic status they were born & raised in before allowing themselves necessary opportunities needed make something out their lives if given chance regardless odds stacked against them because failure could mean practically anything bad happen depending situation that arises person situated during these periods time (i.e.: homelessness). The main theme explored here is one illustrating an individual trying maintain relevance belonging modern world despite lacking skillsets required succeed within said environment while simultaneously attempting meld himself into broken system order provide future better quality success stories coming generations look up too so they don’t feel same sense desperation struggle felt by Willy Loman during climax events unfold surrounding climax scene act two second half final act story production overall (mostly involving Biff character).
In conclusion, both Fences by August Wilson and Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller explore themes related to systemic oppression through protagonists struggling with their lives under different circumstances respectively – Black families affected by racism / White families affected by capitalism . Although there are differences between each text’s central conflicts (racism vs capitalism) , both ultimately focus on issues inherently linked within our society today – inequality and poverty – which illustrate how certain individuals remain marginalized despite attempts at progress being made by others around them .