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Gabriel: The All-Knowing Fool

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Gabriela Kim

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Gabriela Kim (G)
Gabriel: The All-Knowing Fool
How does August Wilson use the secondary character of Gabriel to drive the plot of the play?

By characterizing Gabriel as an all-knowing fool, Wilson foreshadows Troy’s tragic death, ultimately portraying Gabriel as a key character that drives and brings resolution to the play.
Research Question & Thesis
Main Point #1
in World War II, he has a metal plate in his head. He carries an old
tied around the waist and believes with
every fiber of his being
that he is the
Archangel Gabriel
” (24).
Looking Into the Scene
Character Relationships
Brief Introduction
Title: Fences
Author: August Wilson
Publication Date: 1985

Wilson draws a parallel between Gabriel and archangel Gabriel to characterize Troy's brother and his role in the play.
Main Point #2
Gabriel's relationship with St. Peter, and how it allows him to know of future events, foreshadow them, and prepare for them.
Biblical allusion
Looking Into the Scene
"Ain’t got my name in the book. Don’t have to have my name.
I done died and went to heaven
. He got your name though. One morning
St. Peter
was looking at his book… marking it up for the
… and
he let me see your name.
Got it in there under M" (26).

Looking Into the Scene
"I’m gonna save [the coins] and buy me a
new horn
St. Peter
can hear me when it’s
time to open the gates
(Gabriel stops suddenly. Listens.)
Hear that? That’s the
I got to chase them out of here
. Go on get out of here! Get out!
(Gabriel exits singing.)

Better get ready for the judgment Better get ready for the judgment My Lord is coming down
Biblical Allusion
"For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God's household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God's Good News?" (1 Peter 4:17)
Biblical allusion
Main Point #3
Gabriel, who had known and prepared for Troy's death, brings resolution to the play by opening the gates to heaven for Troy.
Looking Into the Scene

It’s time.
It’s time to tell
St. Peter
open the gates
. Troy, you
? You
, Troy. I’m gonna tell
St. Peter
to open the gates. You get
now” (100).

Biblical Allusion
Looking Into the Scene

(Gabriel, with great fanfare, braces himself to blow. The trumpet is without a mouthpiece.
He puts the end of it into his mouth and blows with great force, like a man who has been waiting some twenty-odd years for this single moment.
No sound comes out of the trumpet… He finishes his dance and
the gates of heaven stand open

as wide as God's closet
” (101).
How does August Wilson use the secondary character of Gabriel to drive the plot of the play?

All-knowing fool
Connection to Biblical characters
Foreshadows Troy’s tragic death
Key character

How would the absence of Gabriel in the play affect its plot?
Works Cited
Wilson, August. “Fences Paperback Cover.” Fences: August Wilson, Lloyd Richards, Amazon, www.amazon.com/Fences-August-Wilson/dp/0452264014.

Demers, Dawn. The 7 Archangels and Their Meanings. Beliefnet, www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/angels/galleries/the-7-archangels-and-their-meanings.aspx?p=4.

Angel Gabriel Blowing Trumpet. Pinterest, www.pinterest.cl/pin/491807221792370970/.

“St. Peter.” Syrian Christianity, Malankara Syria Christian Resources, www.syriacchristianity.info/doc/Apostles.htm.

Works Cited
Block, Jeff. “Anticipating Judgment.” Anticipating Judgment, 18 Aug. 2015, jeffblock.com/2015/08/18/anticipating-judgment/.

A Slow Zoom Depiction of the Gates to Heaven in the Clouds Shut under a Clear Blue Sky Background. Inxed Pixels, www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-5224709-stock-footage-a-slow-zoom-depiction-of-the-gates-to-heaven-in-the-clouds-shut-under-a-clear-blue-sky-background.html.

Gardiner, Jon. “Fences Production Photos.” Fences Production Photos, Playmakers Repertory Company, playmakersrep.org/fences-production-photos/.
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