Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Theme of "Two Roads Diverged in Yellow Wood"

Robert Frost displays a very applicable theme in his poem "Two Roads Diverged in Yellow Wood." The narrator is struggling between which path to take. Although, this could be applied to a path of "life." The narrator is not sure which path is best for him, just as often as many of us are unsure which things are right and wrong or good and bad for us in our lives. We often do what most others do, take the easy or safe routes, or simply don't think what is best for us. The narrator is struggling through this very situation. He goes back and forth between the two roads, and wishes to leave and not make a decision. This is displayed through the line "I doubted if I should ever come back" (Frost 15). Although, the narrator is suggesting that one takes the "road less traveled by" as he did because "that has made all the difference" (Frost 18-20).

Frost, Robert. "The Road Not Taken." Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Ed. X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 4th ed. New York: Longman, 2012. 555.Print

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