Essay Analysis Of Robert Frost 's ' The Yellow Wood '

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Robert Frost talks about a divergent road in the yellow wood, referring to two different paths that one could take. The two paths that could lead into completely different ideas of the world. Much like the views of Lao-Tzu and Niccolo Machiavelli, one believes in the power of love and the other the power of an iron first. Lao-Tzu takes the role of a classic Gandhi Complex. He almost seems to view the world by separating himself from the world. The defining concept of his ideas is to not be a leader, but to be a guide. Bokenamp explains these ideas further, “Daoist religion is the Dao itself, understood in a particular way. The term dao, originally denoting a "way" or "path," came to be used in pre-Han philosophical discourse to refer to the proper course of human conduct and, by extension, to the teachings of any philosophical school, especially insofar as these were based on the venerated ways of the sages of antiquity.” (Bokenamp) On the other hand, Machiavelli has the complete opposite ideology of how a leader should conduct how they rule. His writings can be seen as crass and insensitive to some who read his “war happy’ concepts. He means “ that all means may be resorted to for the establishment and preservation of authority -- the end justifies the means -- and that the worst and most treacherous acts of the ruler are justified by the wickedness and treachery of the governed.” (Lerner) It is apparent that is will be easy to compare the two texts considering the context…

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