Comparision all the main characteristic in the two plays"Fences," and "The Cuban Swimmer."

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All families have different lifestyles; in other words, every family always has its own rules, happiness, or adversity that people in that family shares together. Moreover, to help the young generation has a better life than the old generation, each family also has different ways to raise its next generation. In the plays "Fences," and "The Cuban Swimmer," all the main characters had similar family conditions and adversities, but each one had different ways to achieve the American dream of success.

In "Fences," Troy Maxson was so poor after he got out of prison that he began his family life at that bottom. During the fifteen years in prison, he became a professional baseball player; however, it did not help him later in his normal life. In addition, as a colored person, he was always being discriminated against while he was a baseball player, or a laborer in his current job.

Therefore, he could not get a good job to get a better life for his family. From his own experiences, he wanted Cory, who was his son, to get out of this vicious circle. As Troy said: " I don't want him to be like me! I want him to move as far away from my life as he can get... I wish him that. But I don't wish him a thing else from my life. I decided seventeen years ago that boy wasn't getting involved in no sport. Not after what they did to me in the sports"(p810). According to what he thought and seemed right to him, Troy tried to make his son study and work only, and not to become a football player as Cory wished. Troy did not care about the talents that Cory had, and he even told Cory's coach that Cory would not...