The Other Road in Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken Essay

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The Other Road in Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken In his celebrated poem "The Road Not Taken," Robert Frost describes the decision one makes when reaching a fork in the road. Some interpret Frost as suggesting regret on the part of the traveler as to not choosing the path he forgoes, for in doing so he has lost something significant. Others believe he is grateful for the selection, as it has made him the man he is. The diverging roads are symbolic of the choices society is faced with every day of life. Choosing one course will lead the traveler in one direction, while the other will likely move away, toward a completely different journey. How does one know which is the right path; is there a right path? The answer lies…show more content…
He takes great care in making his decision, for he stays for more than a moment and contemplates, while looking down one path as far as he could see. Wyatt continues, "because this possible divergence confounds so broad a range of fears, so many modes of loss, we are not sorry to linger "long" with the speaker at the fork." (133) Just as the nature of his environment prevents his sight beyond a certain point along the road, one cannot see beyond the present to determine which choice would provide the most successful outcome. 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, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. The narrator searches for a reason to choose one path over the other, but the reason eludes him. He decides on the second even though he feels it is actually about the same as the first, being "just as fair," but might be preferable because it "was grassy and wanted wear." Judging there is no real difference in the wear between the

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