The Road Less Taken and I Used to Live Here Once
ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
June 11, 2012
Mostly anyone who takes a journey often reflects on some type of symbol to mark his or her accomplishment. In the two literature works, “The Road Less Taken” by Robert Frost and “I Used to Live Here Once” by Jean Rhys are classic examples of a journey that each individual will someday experience.
One narrative focuses on the symbolism of making a choice and the other narrative, death. There is a similar theme; everyone in life has a journey to embark and it can either it lead to life or to death. And although both stories have a strong resemblance in theme, both authors present it very differently especially when using symbolism. As stated in our text, “A symbol is something that has a literal identity but also stands for something else”. (Clugston, 2010) Also, symbolism was a “19 century movement in art and literature which made extensive use of symbols to indicate or evoke emotions or ideas” (Credo Reference, 2010)
Within this paper, I will discuss on how both narratives utilize symbolism to convey the essence of their theme. As stated, “story writers want you to understand and learn from the imaginary world they are creating, they find ways to make the theme stand out clearly, and they use symbols to convey feelings, describe settings, present characters, heighten conflict, and create various moods”. (Clugston, 2010) Also, I will explain the difference between the poem “The Road Less Taken” and the short story, “I Used to Live Here Once”.
A journey has a different meaning according to different people. Some people take into consideration the great meaning of each step that is taken, whereas others may focus on destination and fail to recognize the value of the factors that helped them get there. One may say, “To each their own” and that is understandable. Many individuals will learn life’s lessons as they embark on their own journey....