Robert Frost’s Poem, The Road Not Taken Essay

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Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, is a descriptive poem about a person’s conflict with the right path to take throughout life. The choice that this person makes can affect him forever. There are lots of choices like this throughout a person’s life that are made that piece together the future. What they do with these choices and the decisions they make are up to them. Although the narrator of this poem is faced with a dilemma, he still makes the best decision possible and takes the best road, which happens to be one that no one else has chosen to take. The title, “The Road Not Taken”, symbolizes the decision that he must make to take a path throughout life that no one else has or would choose to take. The majority will always…show more content…
He knows that he has made a good decision, whatever it may be. In making his decision, the narrator has no example set before him. Like lots of times in our own lives, there is no one there to tell or show him what the consequences are. “And both that morning equally lay / In leaves no trodden black (11-12). He only has his gut instinct to go with and in doing so he chooses a path completely different from that of what others around him have chosen. He comments “Oh, I kept the first for another day!” (14), knowing that he shouldn’t regret his decision of not following the pack because he’ll have his chance another time to chance his fate. However, knowing how things will turn out if he ever makes the choice to take the other road, he doubts he would ever turn back anyway (15). Finally, the narrator looks back on the time when he was forced to make a life changing decision. After seeing and living the consequences of the choice he made that day to take this road less traveled by, he is satisfied. That decision, he says “has made all the difference” (20). There are so many instances in ones life that this poem reminds us of. There will always be the choice to follow the pack and do what everyone else is doing versus the choice to be one’s own self and be different. The poem is a prime example of how things turn out. People will always look back and appreciate the
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