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Assessing Alienation in My Life to Frost's Mending Wall and Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener A mere cursory glimpse at my own life suggests that my life was liberated from alienation. Although it is correct that as a heterosexual Caucasian man growing up in a predominately white neighborhood I didn't experience much isolation according to my skin color, my gender, or my sexual orientation. I was not immune to alienation as a kid. My timidity which came about as a result of with no elderly sisters within my steps I could follow, in addition to my slightly above-average intelligence was shown to be the grounds for fellow pupils to treat me differently than they treated others. My feelings of alienation whilst growing up are similar to people both the speaker of Robert Frost's "Mending Wall," and Bartleby, of Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener" encounter. Just as in Frost's "Mending Wall," the speaker queries why his neighbor insists upon maintaining the barrier between them both, asking, "Why do they [fences] make great neighbors?" So I, to the day, question why I was alienated as a kid (line 30). In my first few years of grade school, I had plenty of friends - it appeared like everyone liked everyone else. As time progressed, however, pupils began to detect differences between themselves and other people and act according to those frequently inaccurate perceptions. I recall being criticized for a variety of unsubstantiated reasons - whether it was for tucking my shirt in when it was widely used to leave t-shirts untucked, for not having heard of the latest musical group, for doing my work diligently, or for getting a 100% over the test - the hurtful and sarcastic remarks did not sit well with me. While it is clear that they likely made these co.. .