Wednesday, December 1, 2010
In the "Mending Wall" essay, I interpreted the speaker's neighbor as a symbol of human complacency. The neighbor does not provide any reasons for his insistence upon the need for a wall. Instead, he just continues to respond that fences make good neighbors. The speaker provides practical, rational reasons as to why a fence in unnecessary, but his neighbor fails to change his mind. He remains set in his old ways and those of his father, representing the unyielding opposition to change.