Literary Connections to Fences
1. A stone wall separates the speaker’s property from his neighbor’s. In spring, the two meet to walk the wall and jointly make repairs. The speaker sees no reason for the wall to be kept—there are no cows to be contained, just apple and pine trees. He does not believe in walls for the sake of walls. The neighbor resorts to an old adage: “Good fences make good neighbors.” The speaker remains unconvinced and mischievously presses the neighbor to look beyond the old-fashioned folly of such reasoning. His neighbor will not be swayed. The speaker envisions his neighbor as a holdover from a justifiably outmoded era, a living example of a dark-age mentality. But the neighbor simply repeats the adage. 2. In the poem Scaffolding, the relationship being described is one of trust and faith. When the scaffolding comes down, the builders have confidence in how they built the building or the walls that the structure will stand in place and not fall. 3. Yes, both poems, Mending Wall and Scaffolding, bring new light to me and allow me to see the play Fences in a different way because of the firm relationships talked about and the walls that stand still. 4. Yes I believe that Dave Cheadle does read Frost accurately because he read and analyzed what Robber Frost wrote correctly. 5. Troy in the play Fences has trouble with family members and his space. He doesn’t get along to well with his son and has a lot of problems, but Cheadle’s solution doesn’t seem to be one that could help Troy in any way.
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