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- Why is the setting of the play important?
- Why is Troy Maxson considered an "everyman" character?
- Explain the play's principal metaphor of the fence.
- Is Rose's character an example of feminism or an example of the repressed role of women in society?
- Discuss the cycle of father-son relationships in the play.
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