`` Good Fences Make Good Neighbors ``

951 WordsFeb 17, 20164 Pages
While we already know much about the speaker, there are still quite a few questions about the quiet neighbor. Our original perspective of him is someone with an old fashioned style who is antisocial, untrusting and enjoys seclusion. What else is there to think of when we read the words “old-stone savage”? But maybe there is more to this closed-off neighbor than we think. We know he respects his father or his father’s traditions as he quotes his father twice in the poem, “good fences make good neighbors.” He holds onto the traditional attitude that his father raised him by and is a man who obeys his culture’s laws. While holding onto his firm beliefs rather confidently, he works hard mending the wall, not concerning himself with the unnecessary wondering and questioning. If his father said fences are good then surely there is nothing to doubt. Reading the poem, the neighbor does not seem to want to actively converse with the speaker. Despite that, he stays out of his personal commitment to complete the construction of the fence. He is the person who does what he is used to which is rebuilding the wall annually with his neighbor. To him, it is not a time to have fruitless talk but rather a duty to fix what is broken. Unlike the speaker, he does not question the necessity for fences because of his firm beliefs. Because of his unchanging conviction, the speaker humors him and thinks he is incapable of thinking past the over spoken adage, “good fences make good neighbors.” Like
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