Explain motivation behind the neighbor’s duties toward the wall and his favorite saying, “Good fences make good neighbors.”  "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost  

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Interestingly, the poem begins assertively, but dissolves into ambiguity.  The recital of the adage "Good fences make good neighbors" is a ritualistic belief, something that is done simply because it is traditional.  This unthinking and unreasonable adherence to tradition is a motif in other works such as Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery."  Clearly, there is a security that comes from following tradition regardless of any value or significance, and this is, perhaps, the motivation for the neighbor's recital of this old adage.

And, yet, it is the speaker who comes after hunters and "made repair" and he is the one who notifies his neighbor over the hill to meet him on an appointed day.  In fact, it is at times an enjoyable task for the speaker to repair the wall as ironically, although they are separated, he can mischievously banter with his neighbor, putting the notion in his head, "Why do they make good neighbors?"  Obviously, then, there is something in the...

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