Both protagonists suffer from death in order to restore peace to the people they live with. As the play, Fences ends, Gabriel cries as he says, “That’s the way that goes” (Wilson 97) implying that it is the only way peace could be restored in the family. The same applies to king in Oedipus the King as it is believed that his death will restore peace proved by the argument that “Now as we keep our watch and wait the final day, count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last” (Sophocles 83).
While Troy, the protagonist in the fences dies of heart attack, the king in Oedipus the King dies because of his own judgment. He stabs his eyes with pins and orders to be banned from Thebes. He dies as he weeps for having known the truth. It is notable that even though the two protagonists die at the end of the play, each of them suffers a different death.