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Essay heading: Robert Frost's Mending Wall
 
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The speaker's inability to understand the necessity for the wall, results in his mocking of the neighbor by attempting to convince him, sarcastically of course, that his apple trees will never get across and eat his pines, and thus concluding that the wall is not necessary. Though the speaker is clearly being facetious, he nevertheless establishes an antagonistic tone, mocking the stubbornness of the neighbor by implying that the apples are going to eat the non-edible pine cones...
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Though the speaker is clearly being facetious, he nevertheless establishes an antagonistic tone, mocking the stubbornness of the neighbor by implying that the apples are going to eat the non-edible pine cones. Another contrasting metaphor appears here as the speaker, being livelier and less strict, is the grower of apples?also the fruit of choice for fairy-tales, while the neighbor, who sticks to old cliches and traditions, is the grower of the acidic and hard pine cones...
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