What are the possible meanings of the repeated phrase "you have been warned"?

Possible meanings of the repeated phrase "you have been warned" are that they are a threat to outsiders to stay away from the house or that they are a warning to the family that building a wall and topping it with razor wire will not keep them safe.

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The family in the story obtains a plaque from the Neighborhood Watch to put on the gate to their home. It reads, in all caps, "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED."

The family interprets this as a sign that will help keep them safer by frightening away the people who might break...

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The family in the story obtains a plaque from the Neighborhood Watch to put on the gate to their home. It reads, in all caps, "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED."

The family interprets this as a sign that will help keep them safer by frightening away the people who might break into their highly fortified home. These people have been warned that this is a dangerous thing to do. They have been warned that the house's fortifications can be harmful or lethal.

However, another meaning of "you have been warned" is that it is a warning to the family itself. They too are threatened by the defense system that surrounds their home. They too can be hurt or killed by their razor wire.

This point is driven home when their little boy climbs into the razor wire. He gets caught it in and torn up, possibly losing his life. The weapon the family intended to protect them from others has harmed themselves. Razor wire does not know who the enemy is and will equally harm anyone. The family, however, lives in a fantasyland and engages in magical thinking that they are immune from their actions in making their home dangerous in order to feel safe.

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