Analysis Of Mark Twain 's ' The Road Not Taken ' Essay

714 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 3 Pages
Imagine being faced with two seemingly unrelated pieces of literature. Initially, you can notice every contrast present, but fail to realize the comparison. Some pieces of literature contain styles of prose and fiction, as well as elements that add to the stories’ plot. The two pieces of writing presented to me was an excerpt from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain, and a poem written by Robert Frost- “The Road Not Taken”. The excerpt “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” is about a lively and mischievous young boy known as Tom Sawyer, who with the help of his best friend, Huckleberry Finn, decides to travel to the graveyard in the dead of night. Filled with fear of ghosts and goblins the story leaves off unexpectedly and doesn’t reveal the two boy’s fates. On the other hand, “The road not taken features a lone traveler, who comes upon two roads, and ponders about which one to take. Soon he decides to take the less used road, and his fortune or fate is not revealed as we have no idea at the end if he’s either dead or happy. The use of symbolism is evident in both stories since both stories use an inanimate object or decision/choice to represent something larger or more important. Symbolism is applied in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, whereas, in the beginning of the excerpt, an old wooden clock is introduced. It is described as grand yet intimidating, because Tom believes each chime reminds him of wasted time, causing him to fidget and turn in his sleep. The…

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