Literary Analysis Of Robert Frost's Fire And Ice

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“Two plus two is four,” my kindergarten teacher told us. At one point, our young, curious kindergarten minds will ask ourselves “is two plus two really four?” We will find out sooner or later, perhaps after a receiving some derision from our classmates or teachers, that two plus two in fact equals four. How great life would be if this certainty applied to all aspects of it. Life contains many “gray areas” where the boundary between right and wrong are blurred to the extent that we cannot objectively determine a certain action to be the best action to take. When we are faced with two difficult choices, we try to select the choice that will best satisfy our interests, but if both choices had the potential to be equally detrimental to us, what can we do? This question spontaneously triggered my memory of Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice.” In the poem, Robert Frost tells us that “some say the world will end in fire” and “some say in ice.” From his experiences with desire and passion, emotions of fire, the narrator at first claims that the world will end in fire, but then, recalling his experiences with hatred, an emotion of ice, the narrator concludes that the end of the world in ice would be as equally destructive. While the narrator had claimed that the end of the world in both fire and ice were bad alternatives, I have always wondered how this narrator from “Fire and Ice” would respond if he was placed in a situation where the end of the world was inevitable and

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