Decisions In Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

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With each passing day, one finds themselves making decision after decision. Whether one admits it or not, the decisions either affect one positively or negatively. While some decisions can be as simple as taking candy from a baby, more crucial ones require cautious consideration. Though the more risky decisions can be prone to ending badly and causing regret, they only shape one’s future, not define inner character unless given the power. When people create perceptions of one based on the decisions one makes, these perceptions are nothing more than shadowed opinions. Despite the fact that one’s decisions, large or small, impact oneself and peers, these decisions fail to reveal who one really is. One often finds themselves torn between two…show more content…
When one must choose between two seemingly alike things, they are blinded of the extent of the outcomes. Does one bite into the mask of chocolate and taste the delicious inside, or do they bite into it only to find out that the inside beholds coconut, which they happen to be allergic to? This ties hand-in-hand with decision making without any insight of the outcome. In “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, the poem states “both that morning equally lay in leaves no step had trodden black.” Because there were no previous footprints to help guide him in his decision on which road to travel, he was really playing a game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe. There was no real knowledge as to which either road beheld for him, so would it be fair to judge him if his decision ended badly? The opposing viewpoint may argue that even with guidance people make…show more content…
While it is true that sometimes one choice seems more logical than another, one cannot simply assume the outcome of either. For all one knows, these assumptions are all just a facade, merely just the tip of the iceberg. Hidden beneath the surface are a plethora of other possible outcomes, all of which could cause more disaster than originally assumed. In “The Road Not Taken,” the protagonist exclaims “....and looked down one as far as I could, to where it bent in the undergrowth.” This elucidates the idea that sometimes one is unaware of the possible outcomes of a decision they make. No matter which road one ultimately decides to travel, no one, not even themselves, should judge them based on what was at the END of that road. In the story “No Ordinary Joe,” Joe Delaney was aware that he did not have the ability to swim, yet he still chose to jump into the pit. He knew the possible outcome of himself drowning, yet he did not second think jumping in. The quote “....when he heard voices calling, ‘Help! Help!’ He popped up like a Bobo doll and sprinted toward the pit” proves this point. However, him jumping in saved one of the boy’s lives. This unexpected event may have given him the motivation to save the other two, or at least try to. After he succeeded the first time, it was no longer a “this is definitely going to end badly” situation. He had proven himself capable of saving a life from

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