Myth Of A Classless

The myth of a classless American society coupled with social stratification impedes race
relations in the U.S. far more than any racial differences. The never ending struggle of the
have-nots to become one of the haves produces a frustration and feeling of oppression
that acts as a catalyst for spawning racial tensions. Minorities see the majority of wealth in
the hands of the white population and feel that the wealth is unevenly distributed. Whites
hear of government programs for minorities and feel as if they are lazy or just looking for a
handout. This occurs and stereotypes are formed. Combine all of this with the United States
system of dual welfareand the perfect environment for racial strife is created. In our
classlesssociety of false hope the working class and poor are continually seeking
opportunities to excel that just aren’t there. They have been led to believe that intelligence
and ambition are key contributors to one’s success. This belief lays blame on the
unsuccessful themselves, even if they do possess ambition and intelligence. These people
are in a never ending cycle of struggle, followed by minimal rewards, which eventually
produces a frustration that sometimes leads to desperate measures. The Summer Stragedy, The
Filling Station, Southeast Arkanasia, The Southern Road and Mending Wall are the stories and
poems that depict the life of a different classes people in a society.

One way you can read Mending Wall by Robert Frost is that it is about a man who rebuilds
the wall seperating his property from his neighbours. This man, this person created by
Gray doesn’t seem to believe there is a use for the wall as he the neighbour is all pine
and I the persona am apple orchard, but his neighbour believes that good fences make
good neighbours. The persona tries to change his neighbour’s opinion by trying to put a
notion in his head? but his neighbour seems to just ignore him. So the person gets annoyed
and thinks of him as an old-stone savage. This is a very simple situation which we can all
relate to. But, if we read deeper into the poem we may find the meanings that Robert Frost
wanted us to see. Firstly, as we know that this persona is against the building of walls
where not necessary we find that it is this persona that initiates the re-building of the wall.
I let my neighbour know beyond the hill. This gives the reader something to think about.

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It puts questions in the reader’s mind as to why he would initiate this if he doesn’t think it’s
necessary. One reason may be that this persona enjoys the company of his neighbour – but
he gets frustrated with him. Maybe this person is a lonely person and any company is good
company. They meet to walk the line. Maybe through mending the wall between them
they are mending their friendship. These are all viable options and as we read further into the
poem we may understand to a greater extent why he does this. When the two start building
the wall the reader may notice that words such as we and our are used giving the feeling
of cooperation and companionship. The persona once calls this task an outdoor game which
connotes feelings of enjoyment, cooperation, competition. The fact that they walk the line
one on a side gives a visual image in the readers mind and may remind them of a tennis
game. I must emphasize that what is being told in the poem is from the personals point of
view, not directly Frost’s, so the reader must beware and realise that it is possible that
the persona is wrong in some of his comments. There where it is we do not need the wall.

This comment being straight to the point makes the reader feel as if the persona is denying
the fact that it is the wall that brings the two men together to cooperate with one another and
to converse with one another (to a certain extent). The line directly after this comment
segregates the two from one another by contrasting the type of people they are with each
other. He is all pine and I am all apple orchard. the fact that this statement comes directly
after the comment on the uselessness of the wall suggests that it is these kind of attitudes
that puts a barrier between people thus segregating them from one another. Personification
of the personas apple trees is used to explain to the reader just how much this persona
undermines his neighbour. My apple trees will never get across, and eat the cones under his
pines. Even though this comment is light-hearted and almost humorous it gives the reader
the impression that the person thinks of himself as a more intelligent person than his
neighbour thus feeling that he needs to explain why the wall is unnecessary.
The roots of human nature are sunk deep into our history and experiences. When in our own
lives we are to find the basis of our human nature, we must look to our early years, the
formative years. Now take for example if we placed a newborn in the wild or in a high-class,
well-mannered, wealthy family. The human nature of the newborn in the wild will be exactly
that, wild and chaotic. While on the other hand the newborn in the well-mannered society
will be well mannered and moralistic. However, in the stories The Summer Stragedy, the
description of the old couples and the dialogues between Jennie and Old Jeff Patton reveal
the life of family who live among the lower class of society. Human nature is defined by
the values that are taught and the values that society defines, if there are no societal values,
human nature is doomed and lessened to that of wolves.