Fences

Posted: January 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

We’re reading August Wilson’s classic, Fences in class.  (beware pop quizzes, mwuahahaha) Here’s a PDF of the script in case you fall behind: fences 

As we read, you’ll need to look up allusions (individually assigned to you in class) and jot down some notes on that allusion in your notebook.  Be prepared to tell the class about your findings and how they add a layer of meaning to the play.

We’ll be talking a lot about symbolism, so you might want to stay up on figurative language: Figurative Language and Characterization and if you’re a little rusty on your drama terms, I have those too: Drama Terms.  

In Act 1, Scene 3 we’ll compare James Earl Jones’ interpretation of the  “How come you ain’t never liked me?” scene with Denzel Washington’s:

You can check out a few more scenes from Broadway’s 2010 revival here.  (Yeah, yeah, I know, there’s a whole movie of it now)

Here’s the symbols and theme worksheet we’ll be working on in class and some notes: Fences Themes

There’s a bunch of criticism you might find helpful in interpreting the play.  After we’re done reading, you’ll be assigned one of the following to read and present to the class: Baseball as History and Myth in August Wilson’s FencesWife as MediatorWalking around Fences, or Wrestling Jacob.  You’ll have to answer these questions: criticism-questions

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s