Who are we to judge?
In Andre's Mother by Terrence McNally and Fences by August Wilson, there are several instances when characters face a situation that seems to make them be outsiders. Cal and Andre, from Andre's Mother, are a homosexual couple; Andre passes away from AIDS and we learn that Andre's mother, who is unnamed, was not part of his life due to the fact that her son was afraid of her disapproval of his sexuality. Troy, from Fences, is a black male in the 1950's. Not only is Troy suffering from racism, he also is having issues within his family. All three men face discrimination from society and when they turn to the ones that mean the most to them, they are mistreated and struggle with discrimination within their personal life.
Cal and Andre were a homosexual couple in New York. Andre had passed away from the AIDS virus and Cal is giving a memorial for him. From Cal, the reader learns that Andre was into theatre; “It's a theatre.. An outdoor theatre. They do plays there in the summers. Shakespeare's plays. (To Andre's Mother) God, how much he wanted to play Hamlet again. He would have gone to Timbuktu to have another go at that art. The summer he did it in Boston, he was so happy!” (McNally, 967). The reader also learns that Andre's mother, who has been unnamed in the play, does not really know Cal, let alone, she did not really know why Andre was sick and what his sexuality had to do with it. “When he was sick, if I asked him once, I asked him a thousand times, tell her. She's your mother. She won't mind. But he was so afraid of hurting you and of your disapproval” (968). Throughout the dialogue, Andre's mother does not say one thing. She just stands in silence and listens to what Cal has to say.