Humans are constantly faced with decisions and these decisions are an integral part of life. However, not all decisions are life changing. Thus, important choices must be carefully considered due to the everlasting impact that they could have on an individual. Many pieces of literature try to convey a message of making the ‘right choice’, which is usually aligned with the norm of society. The poems, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Road Not Taken” by the American poet, Robert Frost illustrate the importance of decision making. “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” illustrates the impact of the wrong choice being made on the personas life to an extent that he/she does not feel like living anymore. This is depicted
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In other words, when the persona states that he has miles to go before he/she can sleep he/she is referring to his/her desire to die. However, the many responsibilities that he/she must fulfill outweigh and prevent him/her from dying .The persona’s desire to essentially end their life demonstrates that the choices that were made have negatively impacted their life. This individual who based on the contextual details of the poem is a commoner and lives in a village undoubtedly followed the ‘common path’. In doing so, the persona has deprived themselves of their dreams and does not feel a sense of self-fulfillment that could have arose if he/she were to follow their dreams.
On the other hand, individuals who choose to break the norm of society can live a fulfilling life. When people are faced with choices that are life-changing they must decide which path to take. However, people tend to take the easier well-trodden path because they are afraid of the unknown. While most people tend to take the easier path, there are a few individuals who decide to follow their dreams for the better or worse but, allows them to feel a sense of accomplishment. In “The Road Not Taken”, though the use of imagery Frost, depicts the outcome when the unconventional road is taken when the persona says, “I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and