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by August Wilson

Fences Men and Masculinity Quotes

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Quote #10

Cory: "I'm not going to Papa's funeral.... I've got to say no to him. One time in my life I've to say no.". . .
Rose: "Not going to your daddy's funeral ain't gonna make you a man." (2.5.75-2.5.80)

Cory hopes to finally become his own man by not going to his father's funeral. He thinks this will somehow symbolically distinguish him from the man that still overshadows his life. Rose sees this as outright disrespect. She lectures her son, saying that it won't help make Cory into his own man. What do you think? Does Cory owe it to his father to attend the funeral? Does he owe it to himself? Which choice might best help Cory to become his own man?

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