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Troy in Fences and Peele

The stage and screen are places where audiences seek to escape from reality. However, that escape is often a mirror to reality, reaching audiences via situational metaphor, allegory, satire, or even jarring, direct discussion. The best stage and screen productions balance art and entertainment to challenge the audience while engaging their sensibilities. August Wilson, one of the great playwrights of the 20th century, used the stage to engage in racially charged discussions, dealing with the personal impact of decades of conditioning in plays like his most famous, Fences. In the 21st, filmmaker Jordan Peele carries the torch of satirical race discussions through his film Get Out, centered around a form of modern-day slavery. Both Wilson and Peele find ways to translate their message through their mediums but employ different genre and figurative methods of delivering this message.

Analyze August Wilson's Fences AND (yes, both) Jordan Peele's Get Out and explain and/or compare how each text delivers their theme/meaning (via characterization, conflict, imagery, metaphor, or other dramatic elements). Possibly consider the following questions to help frame your essay in a specific focus:

Is Troy more a tragic figure, a hero, or a villain?
What is the purpose of the "fence" either literally or figuratively? Is there a symbolic "fence" that goes with the real "fence"?
How do early scenes/elements of Get Out foreshadow the rest of the film?
Why does the audience know the Armitage family scheme before Chris knows?
Are there any similarities between the two texts in the way they approach racism?
Are Fences and Get Out also focused on classism and social issues?
Optionally, employ a maximum of TWO outside secondary sources in your essay to explore further Wilson and Peele's purpose in their respective mediums.

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