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The Duke And The King. Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" A Critical Anaylsis.

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The Duke and the KingThere once was a duke and a king. The king lived in a beautiful castle and the duke in a handsome mansion on the land next to the king. For years the duke and the king had fought over building a fence between their properties. The king wanted the privacy and the security that the wall would provide, while the duke did not want to lose his land for the king's fence. One day the duke and the king sat down and began to discuss the issues of the fence. This so-called discussion turned out to be raised voices and flying fist that ended with the two gentleman becoming friends. The two men learning how wonderful it is to have good neighbors vowed to never build a barrier between their properties and lose sight of their good friendship. This invented story is similar to Robert Frost's poem, "Mending Wall." In both, the two main characters come to know each other because of a wall. However, the wall brings the two neighbors in the poem further apart than closer, acting as a barrier between the men every becoming better acquainted.The two men are neighbors but are they good neighbors? A good neighbor is respectful to other neighbors and their property. A good neighbor is kind, courteous, quiet, and friendly. The speaker and the neighbor in the poem both seem to be good neighbors. They are only neighbors though; the wall acts like a barrier that they never seem to cross. "We keep the wall between us as we go.", is a line from Frost's "Mending Wall" showing how even when they are out mending the wall they still keep it between them. If they were to demolish the wall and stop following tradition there would be more opportunity for them to cross their property line and start a friendship."It is also interesting that the narrator's tone seems to suggest (to me) that he doesn't like fences, and that he doesn't want to mend them, and yet he is the one who specifically reminds his neighbor each year when it is time."(McHugh). When I say this quote I wondered the same thing. Why does the speaker keep reminding his neighbor and fixing the fence if he is against it? He seems to be against the wall, because he questions why the wall is there. As you can see in these quotes from the poem. "Why do they make good neighbors?Isn't it/Where there are cows? But here there are no cows." Why would a person keep doing something year after year and question it? I have one word for you, tradition. Tradition is something people just keep on following even when they forget why they follow it, in my opioin. Tradition is also why the neighbor replies with, "Good fences make good neighbors."Now to move on here is a qoute to chew on."As with so many human undertakings, creating barriers creates unintended consequences. These often arise...

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