Robert Frost Transitivity Theory

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The abstract under analysis is “The Road Not Taken”, a poem by Robert Frost. Since the author aims to portray a character pursuing an active life strategy and seeking for complete awareness of his fate as well as long contemplation and, finally, taking responsibility for his actions, no matter if they are right or wrong, we are to apply transitivity theory to show how this decision is taken and what factors influence the character’s choice and personality. First and foremost, since transitivity is concerned with ideological function of the language, this analysis is aimed at exploring how various stylistic means reflect the main ideological cornerstones conveyed by the author and the manner in which a character is developed. Hence, we are to…show more content…
On the other hand, Caldas-Coulthard and Coulthard (1996) claim that, still, such interpretation of the fundamental issue is too broad and, thus, has to be analyzed in detail according to more precise characteristics an ideas inferred. In addition, Hopper and Thompson (1980) argue that effectiveness of the action is one of the key elements in understanding the discourse-determining properties of this theory while different levels of transitivity are closely connected with either foregrounding or backgrounding. On the one hand, Goatly (2000) is mainly concerned with nominalization and passivisation as two major transformations of the grammatical system. At the same time, taking into consideration that the character of the poem under analysis takes action based on the environment that both determines…show more content…
In fact, the author manages not only to portray a very intricate character by means of a range of verbs we will discuss later, but also focuse on the complexity of the actions one has to take under difficlut circumstances. Also, it stresses the regret we have once we choose one way since we may have no other chance to explore the possibilities of other options. Having studied Robert Frost’s biography and literary criticism on the poem we may assert that major themes combined in the poem include: 1. Isolation and limiting the individual in his or her natural and social environment, and the existence as a part of one’s lifetime dilemma, 2. The ambiguous nature as the foundation of human intelligence. 3. Destiny and decisive moments in

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