The Road Not Taken Vs. Mother To Son Essay

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Paths are Like Stairs
     Although they portray two very different writing styles, Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and Langston Hughes’s “Mother to Son” have a few things in common, especially their meanings.
     In “The Road not Taken” Frost speaks of a time in his life where he had to make a choice, a choice of which direction his life was about to go: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood / And sorry I could not travel both” (1-2). “Mother to Son” also speaks of life in a metaphorical way, but as a staircase rather than two paths: “Well, son, I’ll tell you / Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair” (1-2).
     Later in “The Road Not Taken” Frost describes
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“Mother to Son” also ends with a moral, a moral to her son. She tells him how hard the climb was and how she is still climbing to this day and that’s what he will have to do. She warns him never to rest or be content where he is at and never to fall off the staircase of life: “Don’t you set down on the steps / Don’t you fall now / For I’se still goin’, honey / I’se still climin’” (15,17-19).
     The writing styles in these two poems are very different as you can see. Hughes uses a lot of slang while Frost is rather proper in his word use and sentence structure. But the moral of these two poems are the same. Whether it be a path or a staircase, there is always an easy way out. But taking that easy way might not be the best decision. Tough paths take more effort to walk just as tough staircases take longer to climb, but they both build character and that makes it all worth while.

Work Cited

Frost, Robert. “The Road Not Taken.” Literature and the Writing Process.
Elizabeth McMahan, Susan X Day, and Robert Funk. 5th ed. Upper
Saddle River: Prentice, 1999. 567

Hughes, Langston. “Mother to Son.” Literature and the Writing Process.
Elizabeth McMahan, Susan X Day, and Robert Funk. 5th ed. Upper
Saddle River: Prentice, 1999.

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