Decision Making In Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

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In Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”, we are constantly pounded with with the idea of making choices. But what about choices does Frost want us to realize? After closely reading and analyzing this piece of literature I think it’s clear that Frost wants his readers to be more self dependant when it comes to decision making. Taking the road less traveled by is how Frost illustrates this and as we break down this piece of literature you will see that Frost makes his message very clear in his poem. In the first stanza and line of the poem Frost immediately has exposed to us the choice at hand. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.”(Frost, #1). So we see this picture of two paths split into seperate ways. Choosing which path to take is a very difficult decision for the traveler. He says he’s “sorry he could not travel both” (Frost, #2) making it clear that there is this dilemma for our protagonist on choosing which way to go. In lines three and four the traveler says “long I stood/And looked down one as far as I could.”(Frost, #3&4) Frost perfectly paints this picture of the traveler standing there arms crossed, looking down each path, and on his tippy toes trying to get the best look possible at both paths ahead of him. In the second stanza the traveler finally makes a decision and takes the other path. This is where the tone changes in the poem and we finally have this feeling that the traveler made the right decision. “And having perhaps the better claim,/Because it was

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