Decision-Making Process In Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

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In Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken”, the writer takes the reader on a journey of two paths he observed, his decision making process, and his reflection on how he felt about that decision. Throughout the poem, Frost gives descriptive words to help the reader visualize the subject of his writing. Frost keeps the wording fairly simple, which conveys his message easily to most any reader, without prolonged interpretation of his language. The poem has themes of decision making, adventure, nature, and reflection. Frost immediately starts the reader off with the understanding that there will be a choice to make as he observes “two roads diverged in a yellow wood”. The fact that the roads are “diverging” tells the reader that the paths …show more content…
However, Frost’s poem, as we discussed, does have deeper meanings and connotations than what we first read. From his contradiction on whether the paths were really worn the same or one was more “grassy and wanting to wear”, to his sarcasm in the line “Oh, I kept the first for another day!” which he exclaims with the most emotion of any line in the poem. In the last stanza, Frost brings the most questions when he actually hesitates and sounds as though he stutters when saying “I-- I took the one less traveled by”. The poem may have some message that requires deeper interpretation; however, it does clearly relay the message of life being a journey of choices and that all will reflect on those choices one day. Frost does seem to deliver a message that we should not fret over the decisions made and not waste time with regrets or where the “other” path would have taken us. Lastly, there is not a tone of fear in Frost’s poem, further telling us to go forward without fear, making the best decisions with the information we have at the

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