There is no guarantee of what lies ahead. But a person has to take risk in order to achieve his/her goals. “Then took the other, as just as fair,/ and having perhaps the better claim,/ Because it was grassy and wanted wear;/ Though as for that the passing there/ Had worn them really about the same” (6-10). At the end of the poem, the speaker says, “that has made all the difference” (20). This shows choosing the harder path gives the speaker the accomplishment and happiness he was seeking.
Decisions now affect the future Life is full of decisions waiting to be made. Whether that decision is choosing what to eat for breakfast or deciding what the daily activity should be, it will affect an individual’s life in one way or another. The poem, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost tells a story of a man who reaches a fork in the road and must choose which path to take, each path different from the other. In this poem, Robert Frost contends that every decision that one makes, no matter how insignificant it may seem, will have an impact on that person’s life. Robert Frost uses a walk in the woods as a metaphor for making a decision in life, a situation that people face daily.
The “On the Rainy River” Essay Arun Benny English 30 -1 “Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.” Every individual is provided with a chance to do what is considered right by their morals and choosing not to is an act of cowardice. In Tim O Brien’s, “The Things They Carry”, the author reveals an irreconcilable internal conflict between human beings desire for what they perceive to perfect, and the need to accept the reality of the situation; regardless of the outcome a sacrifice must be paid. The author has done a proficient work of illustrating the moral split an individual to do the right thing or to the make a sacrifice for the better good. Tim O Brien’s perception of courage varies with time. His notion of being “too good for [war], too compassionate, too everything” demonstrates his disagreement to go to war.
The poem titled "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost is about a person looking back on a choice they once had to make. The way things turned out are not said to be good or bad. The narrator states that the choice they made has made “all the difference” in the way his life has changed. This poem is about the importance of choices made in ones life. The poem begins with the narrator regretting that he had not been able to take both paths instead of being forced to take just one to one.
In the beginning of the poem when the traveler is introduced for the first time he has to make a decision of what road to take. In The middle of the stanza he has different arguments that are explained well enough for us to picture helping the traveler make his choice. In the last part of the poem the traveler begins to have doubts of his decision experiencing his results and thinks things could have been different if he went ahead and took the road he left behind in the past. Frost lets us picture the traveler’s decision in the lines “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler” (1-3). This helps the reader understand in the beginning of the stanza that the traveler must make a wise decision of which road to take.
Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken seems to represent indecision. It tells us about a travelers who is standing in front of two different roads that basically look the same. He doesn’t know where each of the roads leads to, but he should make a choice whether he would take the first road or the other in order to move forward. Of course the roads here are just a symbol. It represents something much concrete in our reality: choices.
Essay “the step not taken” by Paul D’Angelo Many literatures follow a monomyth; or a hero’s journey; where the protagonist embraces an unexpected quest that takes them from a state of innocence to one of experience, with a new found light and wisdom at the end. Paul D’Angelo’s “the step not taken” is a perfect example of it. The narrator embodies the hero in a personal search for answers in how to respond to someone else’s suffering in today’s society. The hero of the story is subjected to the three stages of the monomyth: the separation, struggle or initiation and return and reintegration. The following essay will analyze these stages as well as the lesson the hero learns.
Lit 5-125 Workshop in Critical Writing: Poetry 20 December 2012 The Inseparability of the Past and Identity The idea of the past has always been a matter of concern to people. Ha Jin’s poem “The Past” touches upon this concern by trying to trace the significance that the past holds for each individual and how it is supposed to be linked to one’s present and being. Through some kind of internal monologue, the speaker is making an effort to deal with his own past, to understand it and accept it. Although he is uncertain of how to do this in the beginning, he gradually takes it for granted and decides to make the best out of it, transforming it into a renewed self-image based on his needs. In the first stanza of the poem, the speaker expresses his initial thoughts and feelings about his past.
A Road Not Taken Chris Smith ENG 125 Carolyn Karas 20 December 2013 A Road Not Taken What are choices? Choices are the avenues used to aiding the process of decision making because every situation has multiple outcomes. Neglecting to make conscious and educated decisions, we will fail to gain strength and limit our individual growth. Robert Frost’s “A Road Not Taken” provides us as readers with a perfect depiction of what struggles life may have in store for each of us. His poem captivates his readers or listeners and sends them on a fictional road that describes how each situations outcome may be altered by the choices being made and how a conclusion will be different every time.
Not wanting to choose the wrong one, he examines each road to the best of his ability. Similarly, throughout life, people have to choose between lots of different roads to go down, not always knowing what lies ahead on either path. Frost states, “Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim, because it was grassy and wanted wear” (6-7). The traveler analyzed each road and chose the one that looked less traveled. Many times, people try and take the “worn out” road, because some people would rather keep it safe than taking risks through life.