Reading Analysis 1
September 19, 2007
In Whale Rider Koro’s barrier was his inability to love Kahu because of her gender. Koro made a wall between him and Kahu because he was unwilling to open up and face the prejudices he had constructed. In the poem by Robert Frost Mending Wall, it shows how two people can form walls and not understand the real reason the fence was formed. The two neighbors in the poem were quarreling over who was at fault but in reality both men share equal blame. Both Whale Rider and Mending Walls make a connection that humans put up boundaries in their lives.
In life do we really know what we are walling in and what we are walling out? In some cases yes, but in other cases sometimes people put up walls so people can not see through to us. We don’t want people to know some of our past or want to keep some things private so we exclude ourselves and make boundaries where people can not cross over.
As mentioned in the class discussion I found the title Mending Wall rather ironic. Mending fences would allow the reader to assume that the fence will be fixed by the end of the poem. Mending a wall would mean that there is no more separation and two things have been united. It is also ironic that the wall is man made. The two neighbors in the poem are the source of the problem because they are responsible for putting up the wall in the first place. There would be no need to mend walls if men didn’t put them up. Nature has very few boundaries.
After reading these poems focused on boundaries, limitations, and walls I took these ideas into my observations of my life at Loyola and the city of