True Beliefs Essay Research Paper True beliefsRobert

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True Beliefs Essay, Research Paper True beliefs Robert Frost s Minding Wall is written natural, yet there are many things beyond the literal world of the poem that can be taken out of context. The poem is about two neighbors and a wall between them and both of them also have different beliefs on why or why not the wall should be there. This paper will describe both the speaker and neighbor s characters, and also give an interpretation and analysis of a few specific lines from Robert Frost s, Mending Wall poem, Then ending up with an over all analysis of the poem s meaning. In Frost s poem there are two characters that have a rock wall which serves as their property line. The first character is the speaker, who seems to be kind and has an education, or at least much so than

his neighbor. His intelligence is shown through his open-mindedness toward other people s opinions, although he knows that changing his neighbor s beliefs may be impossible. Also he is able to place himself inside his neighbors point of view and this may be where the speaker comes up with the question why fences make good neighbors. The speaker does not believe there is a purpose for a wall between him and his neighbor, the speaker believes that fences, or walls in this case, will create barriers between friendships and also allows for unneeded separation between people. Despite this belief that a wall is unnecessary, he still comes out every year and helps his neighbor mend the wall. The speaker would like to ask his neighbor the question why fences make good neighbors but the

speaker wants to hear his neighbor say it himself. The speaker also says if he was building a wall he would like to know what he was walling in or out and to what or whom he needed to take offense to. This is where the speaker is trying to rationalize what purposes a wall would need to be built. The second character in the poem is the speaker s neighbor, who is more down to earth. He is a decent person but seems to lack the intelligence of the speaker to accept any outside opinions. To prove this point, the neighbor repeats himself over and over by saying, Good fences make good neighbors, and will not to stray from this belief, a belief which came from his father and that he will not accept as being wrong. The reader can tell how devoted the neighbor is to his beliefs by his

coming out every spring to fix the wall, unlike the speaker who does it only out of kindness and curiosity. The neighbor has limited himself to only one opinion, his fathers, and that could show his ignorance. Because the neighbor is unable to consider or listening to what the speaker has to say, he deprives himself of any information that could possibly be more beneficial to himself or others around him. On the other hand, the neighbor could be right with his beliefs, but the only way to know if he is right is when he can consider all angles to a situation, including his neighbor s viewpoint. Then he would have to ask the same question that the speaker does concerning why fences make good neighbors. Maybe the neighbor assumes his father knew the answer to this question. If the

neighbor could consider all opinions, the speaker would better understand why he says, Good fences make good neighbors , and if he is unable or unwilling to do so than the reader could infer that the neighbor is mostly dependent on tradition. The passage could depict that the neighbor accepts things as they are told to him and not as they actually are. The reader may think that the wall between the two neighbors represents more than just a dividing point. It could represent a difference in beliefs between both of the characters. For instance, the speaker is willing to ask why the wall is needed while the neighbor believes what his father has always told him without questioning or asking why a fence makes good neighbors. Also the speaker is able to see many perspectives or