Mending Wall Essay

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In “Mending Wall”, Robert Frost made us aware that something doesn’t love the wall in the beginning of the poem, the wall that symbolizes boundary and obstacle between people. Although this restrictive wall gives protection and a feeling of safety for the people who are inside it, it also creates a huge barrier to the people who are on the outside. The only difference between a physical wall and an imaginary barrier is that a physical wall will eventually fall apart as time goes by, but the emotional one on the other hand will only get bigger. Does Frost agree with his neighbor on the perspective of relationship between people, or do they each hold a different idea?      In the poem, Frost and his neighbor had a…show more content…
He wants to work along with his neighbor, and maybe even get to know more about him. This could be an implication that Frost dislikes a wall between him and his neighbor.      While they are fixing the wall, Frost suggests his neighbor that part of their land doesn’t really need a wall between them. Frost has all apple trees on his land, and his neighbor has all pine. There is an obvious distinction between two lands, why do they need a wall? Frost then reminds his neighbor “My apple trees will never get across and eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.”. From this point, we can see that Frost is trying to break through the barrier between them with trust. Frost starts saying he is not going to steal the cones under his pine, and he also trusts his neighbor that he will not take his apples either. He wants to get closer to his neighbor, and bring the wall down. However, his neighbor only says, “Good fences make good neighbors.” in return. We can see very clearly that Frost’s neighbor believes people should stay out of his life, keeping a distance. Only good strong fences con protect him, and give him the sense of safety. This behavior confuses Frost. He does not understand why good fences make good neighbor. He doesn’t even understand why they need fences at all, if they can trust each other. He begins questioning himself what does a wall build for, and he asks “ What I was walling in or walling out.”

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