Themes In Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

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Often people come to a fork in their lives that demand a decision. Unfortunately, the decision may not be easy to make even when evaluated closely. Robert Frost the author of “The Road Not Taken” intelligently emphasizes using theme, conflict, setting, mood, clever narration, and symbolism to express that making decisions is inescapable, a path can be researched thoroughly but is unknown unless it is traveled. This poem reveals the difficulty of decision-making as well as the human nature when confronted with conflict. Robert Frost develops a theme in “The Road Not Taken” that is relatively confusing simply due to being a short poem that causes readers to perceive the concept differently depending on their worldview. For example, is Frost angry with his decision or enthused in selecting the less traveled road. Arguably, the poem stresses the human instinct of making decisions as well as emphasizing the lasting effects of a decision. Frost seems to be representing a decision in his life, possibly his own but it is not clear. The irony is the double perspective of deciphering the best metaphorical route to take. The setting is clear in the poem. Frost literally describes the setting of the poem, a yellow wood where two roads meet and the route which the roads travel are not able to be viewed. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…looked down as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth”. Literally, a simple description, enough for readers to visualize the scene. Frost
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