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Decisions in The Road Less Traveled

The word decision is defined by Webster's Dictionary as, "the act of deciding, or judgement." People have to make decisions in their lives all the time. One of the largest decisions is what to do after high school. This decision is certainly going to take you in one direction of another. And the places where your decisions would take you can differ greatly. Similarly, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost uses symbolism to demonstrate that everyone is a traveler who chooses the road to follow on his or her journey in life. Each reader comes away with a slightly different meaning from the poem; their human condition will probably dictate the context in which they will interpret the poem. While…show more content…

The fact that the traveler chooses the less travled path over the more travled indicates the personality type of the traveler. The traveler seeks to be unique and go against the grain of society.
He starts the next stanza with,"And both that morning equally lay/In leaves no step had trodden black." The roads are described as if they had not been walked on that day. Perhaps, Frost does this because each time a person comes to the point where they have a decision to make, the situation seems new to them. Also, Frost probably made the narrator alone to emphasize how alone people are in their decisions. Next in the stanza, Frost says "oh, I kept the first for another day!/Yet knowing how way leads on to way,/I doubted if I should ever come back." The traveler comes to the realization that he will never get to experience where the other road lead. He will continue on the road that he chose and he will never come to the same place where those same "two roads diverged."
Frost says in the next stanza,"I shall be telling this with a sigh/Somewhere ages and ages hence:/Two roads diverged in a wood..." The sigh in the poem is very important because how it is interpreted can change the whole meaning of the

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"The Enchanted Wood" by slimmer_jimmer is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Two roads diverged[1] in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;[2]Q1

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted[3] wear;Q2

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden[4] black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.Q3

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.Q4

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is in the public domain.

  1. Diverge(verb):

    to separate from another route or go in a different direction

  2. Tread(verb):

    to walk or step

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