An Analysis of Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken Essay

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An Analysis of Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken In "The Road Not Taken," by Robert Frost, many questions arose about the meaning of the poem. One common interpretation of the poem about assertion of individualism, where the speaker is taking the road not traveled so that he can assert his individualism, is a nice interpretation. However, I believe that the speaker is really having a hard time making up his mind, and the poem is a conversation with himself trying to rationalize his decision. It seems as if both ways might lead to great occurrences, but only one way is the right way. There are four points in the poem that stick out where the speaker is either vague and unclear or contradictory in evaluating his choices. The first…show more content…
When he later writes "And looked down one as far as I could (4),"it further amplifies the notion of Frost wishing to be able to predict the outcomes. Frost seems to be disappointed that he does not have an opportunity to explore both options set before him. When Frost is writing about making a decision he seems to contradict himself where he says: 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, (7-10). It seems confusing that one path could have the better claim because it had less wear, while it later says that they had both been worn about the same. One possible explanation could be that those who traveled one path took more care than those who took the other, which could explain why the path was still grassy. Maybe Frost was mistaken about the other path and was merely correcting his incorrect assumption he made in lines seven and eight. Either of those could possibly explain this contradiction. There is another possibility that the other path had not been traveled recently and that is why it appeared to want wear. The grass could have overgrown the path and made it seem as if it were "just as fair (6),"but upon further investigation Frost could have discovered it indeed had been equally traveled, only at an early date. Frost's use of an explanation point at the end of line thirteen where it says, "Oh, I kept the first
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