a reader response criticisim on Mending Wall

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If Walls Had Ears: A Reader Response Criticism on “Mending Wall” In Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall,” the fact that the neighbor does not say anything but the old adage “Good fences make good neighbors,” makes his opinion on the separation of the two families seem vague. Since the readers only see one side of the wall, the speaker’s point of view becomes unreliable at times. The fact that the speaker reflects his opinions on the neighbor and makes the other side of the wall look uncooperative does not necessarily mean that this is the case. Although the neighbor does not say anything but the old adage “Good fences make good neighbors,” the contradiction between the speaker’s words and actions and the inconsistency in his tone makes the neighbor’s side of the wall look more decent. The question that strikes the readers as peculiar is why the speaker complains about the existence of the wall between two families, while actually he is the one who intently watches the damage done by the outside factors and attentively tries to repair them. The poem starts out with a vague description of the damage done by “something that doesn’t love a wall.” Here, the “something” that does not love a wall is Nature, as the sudden weather
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ENG 2213 taught by Professor Dr.mary during the Fall '07 term at McDaniel.

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