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English Speech:

Mending Wall and The Snow


Walker

Both Frosts poem Mending wall and Charles Smiths film The Snow Walker, demonstrate
how refusing change drastically affects us, and in doing so, stresses the importance and the
necessity of changing our perspectives, if we are to become self- reliant individuals. Both
composers also use symbolism effectively and interestingly, to emphasise the importance of
changing the way we think in order to see the path ahead and to make a decision.
The poem, Mending Wall, is a dramatic monologue which questions the traditions and
platitudes such as Good fences make good neighbours and in doing so, challenges our
perspectives on why we insist on creating a division between each other, obstructing this
allegorical relationship between people and the necessity of change. This representation of
change is shown consistently throughout the poem through the use of repetition, as it continues
to question why? Why exactly is this wall so important? Why do they make good neighbours?
| My apple trees will never get across and eat the cones under his pines. This use of
personification along with this humorous and light hearted tone presents to us Frosts attitude
towards the relationship between the neighbours in that this resistance to change is
unreasonable and in so doing, challenges such traditions and platitudes in which one relies on.
The idea of the neighbours and the wall can also be seen as a symbolic representation of the
obstacle between people and the necessity of change but at the same time, used to emphasise
the significance of overcoming this obstacle. The use symbolism of evergreen pine trees and
deciduous apple trees also reinforce and crystallise the traits of both neighbours, into the
readers mind.

The Snow Walker, an interesting, didactic film by Charles Smith, in which Smith presents to us
the consequences of selfishness and arrogance and the importance in changing our perspective
of both the world and of others, if we are to succeed and continue to survive. Throughout the
movie we are presented with multiple changes in perspective, from selfishness to care and
supportiveness, and how the things we cherish in life and the people around us, change in times
of hardship and in the final stages of life. How would you feel if you were trapped in a desolated
place where you knew this is the end? We are exhibited a man whos selfishness has finally
lead him to his ruin, but is shown another path in which leads him to his salvation. These ideas
drawn from the film present to us the idea of changing perspectives as a necessity and as a part
of life in which we need to understand. The director projects these ideas through a combination
of music, camera shots and lighting, which provide significant support in demonstrating different
aspects of the film. This combination helps in creating an atmosphere and mood within
particular scenes whether it is to symbolise the scenes significance or to build tension and
suspense.

In both, Frosts Mending wall and Smiths The Snow Walker, we are shown distinct links in
how change is represented, how messages are projected, and the techniques used in order to
shape meaning and challenge our perspectives. In Mending wall the stubbornness and blind
traditions in which one of the neighbours rely on similarly resembles Charlie from The snow
walker and his arrogance and blind ways prior to his prominent change. The opposing
neighbour however, can also, be seen as representation of Charlie, however one when after he
has realised the necessity of changing his perspective, of both the world and of others. From this,
we see that both neighbours can be seen as reflections of Charlie, | being two sides of the same
page. Both composers use symbolism effectively and interestingly, adopting similar techniques
when exhibiting their messages and ideas towards us. To demonstrate the relationship and
differences between neighbours, Frost uses both the wall and trees as symbolic representations
as different aspects of change. Smith however, uses a combination of cinematic techniques such
as music, lighting and camera shots to achieve this, in contrast, are two separate concepts, but
are still used as a means of symbolism and depiction.
Ultimately, refusing the inevitability of change can indeed immensely affect both our path and
perspective of life. This has been effectively demonstrated by both Frost and Smith, that if we
are to become self reliant individuals, the most important step we must take, is to accept the
inevitability and the necessity, of changing our perspective of both the world and of others.