The Road Not Taken, Shawshank Redemption, Slumdog Millionaire, the Kite Runner

2458 Words Oct 27th, 2012 10 Pages
My connections look at how certain choices can affect your life forever. The texts that I used to convey this link were The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle, The Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont and a poem by Robert Frost called The Road Not Taken. Throughout the texts used we learn that you cannot always see the outcome of a particular choice unless you choose to go down that path. An important decision is made by the main character(s) in each text and they suggest that not all choices are easy to make and can have positive and negative consequences.
Life choices can have various influences affecting them
Within each text a significant decision is made where a strong influence has
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“I took the one less travelled by” tells us that he did turn away from the ‘crowd’s’ preferred choice. He took the one that was less preferred as he says, “In leaves no step had trodden black,” which makes the reader think that no one had set foot down this road and that this choice is occasionally chosen by others so, Frost is indeed challenging the ‘norm’. He develops the idea of wanting to be different by preceding normality which is influenced by the want for independence. Throughout the stated texts we are shown that certain choices can be influenced by things like your own values, our surroundings and emotions. We learn that some influences can be strong enough to create conflict between family members when a particular choice is made. We also learn that people can make regrettable decisions due to their own, sometimes personal, desires.
Poor life choices can have long term negative or positive consequences
With any kind of decision or choice an outcome is definite, whether it be a positive or negative one it cannot be foreseen. Throughout the texts I studied, negative consequences resulted from poor life choices in some texts. The character Amir, of The Kite Runner, makes the awful decision to do nothing while his childhood friend, also his brother, is raped in front of him. “I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he'd stood up
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