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Rose’s Self-consciousness in Fences

Xiaohui Zhang


As to Rose in August Wilson’s Fences, most of critiques view her as an “angel in the house”, devoting herself to her
family without female self-consciousness. While the paper will prove Rose is a brave, independent woman who has a sense of self
to express her ideas, stick to her decision and pursue her felicity she wants.


Fences; Rose; Self-consciousness

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v6i15.5208