Fences by August Wilson

You have thoroughly studied Fences by August Wilson, who uses characters to highlight a larger social claim. Use your annotations, class
discussions, and notes to complete the essay planner about one of the following prompts. You will use the essay planner in class on Wednesday and Thursday to write
your essay. Your final essay MUST match the information on the planner. Morally ambiguous characters – characters whose behavior discourages readers from identifying
them as purely evil or purely good – are at the heart of many works of literature. Write an essay in which you explain how a character in August Wilson’s Fences can be viewed as
morally ambiguous and why his or her moral ambiguity is significant to the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary. OR In many works of literature, past events can affect, positively or negatively, the present activities, attitudes, or values of a character. Think of a character in August Wilson’s Fences who must contend with some aspect of the past,
either personal or societal. Then write an essay in which you show how the character’s relationship to the past contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. OR A symbol
is an object, action, or event that represents something or that creates a range of associations beyond itself. In literary works a symbol can express an idea, clarify meaning, or enlarge literal meaning. Focusing on one symbol, write an essay analyzing how that symbol functions in August Wilson’s Fences and what it reveals about the
characters or themes of the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot. Your planner must contain a clear thesis statement, three topic sentences for three different body paragraphs, and 3 quotes/paraphrases with pages numbers for each topic sentence. In your essay, you will be explaining how your evidence supports your topic
sentence, so you may want to include that on your chart as well.

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