Beyond the Fence.

Essay by lordcmajestic December 2005

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Whenever someone performs a task, he/she can labor over it carefully, or do a rushed job. A student writing an essay describing the causes of the American Revolution, or a president proposing ways to end World War II illustrate two situations where both simple and complicated ways to address a problem exist. Writing a non-analytical response to the essay question would be easy to do. Likewise, dropping atomic bombs over cities, razing them and eliminating many people would not be entirely morally correct. H.L. Mencken's assertion that 'for every problem there is one solution which is simple, neat, and wrong' is excellent for assessing the literary elements in two works: "Fences" by August Wilson and "Snow Falling on Cedars" by David Guterson. Fences is filled with difficulties between characters, and many of these were not reconciled in a proper manner. One problem involved Cory, a high school student and his father, Troy.

Cory, an accomplished football player wanted to focus on his team and play in college. However, his father was against Cory's goals, insisting he prioritize his work and house chores over the football. Ordinarily, there is nothing wrong with a parent making major decisions for his/her children, but in this case, Troy's solution to the problem was simply to go behind Cory's back and revoke his membership on the team. Going behind one's back is an easy way out of resolving a problem the person was plainly too indolent to spend the time to find a more mutually acceptable solution. Troy's demeanor is unacceptable not only with Cory, but also with other characters in the book. For example, when Lyons asks him for a small amount of money, Troy creates a big scene, detailing problems he had had in the past with getting credit, such as paying...