A case study is an in-depth analysis of an actual or fictional situation or incident, as a way to illustrate content and theory to a real or simulated life situation or both. Case studies allow the learner to acquire cognitive reasoning, critical thinking, and decision-making skills. Since there is not set format for a case study, this assignment will use a mixture of MLA and APA formatting. This case study should be 750-1000 words.
The Cycle of Violence
A Case Study of Troy Maxson in Fences
-Focus and Purpose
The focus of this case study is the character of Troy Maxson in the play Fences written by August Wilson. The purpose of this study is to determine if Maxson maintains the Cycle of Violence or breaks it. Identify/list risk factors.
Provide a thorough definition of the Cycle of Violence Theory as stated in the article by Abigail Fagan and cite (Fagan 279). (Maintainer, initiator, cycle breaker)
Identify Troy’s values, dreams/goals, fears. Identify problems in Troy’s current relationships. Give each relationship a separate paragraph and cite page numbers for your evidence (Wilson 1823). Can use one long quote. Each paragraph for: Cory, Rose, Bono, Lyon.
In two paragraphs, list important information about Troy’s childhood (before he left home) and his young adulthood (after he left home). Provide citations for this information (Wilson 1823).
Identify risk factors in Troy’s life as determined by the Fagan article. Cite play and article.
-Conclusion and Discussion
Answer the question posed in Focus and Purpose – does Troy maintain or break the Cycle of Violence. Provide evidence for you conclusion and cite (Wilson 1823). If you conclude that he does not break the cycle, list causes. If he does break the cycle, discuss the extent to which he does.
One of the sources should be Fences by August Wilson and the Fagen article