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Fork in a Road When you arrive at a fork in the road take it - Yogi Berra Everyday we are met with circumstances and with the circumstances come the decisions we make in order to fulfill our lives and make them meaningful However once we make a decision after we pass that fork in the road we need to move on accepting what we have done because what has happened has happened and there is nothing we can do to change the past Such is a case in Robert Frosts poem The Road Not Taken and Alistair MacLeods short story The Lost Salt Gift of Blood While the persona in Frosts poem has knowingly come to a dilemma in contrast the narrator in MacLeods story makes a decision without glancing to the future Everyone is a traveler choosing the roads to follow on the map of their continuous journey life Robert Frost puts his persona in front of a road diverging and he must make a decision on which to take The two roads are almost identical but one is less traveled by He looks ahead but cant see far due to where it bent in the undergrowth Alistair MacLeod does it differently the narrator has come to a fork in the road but without hesitation he takes the more traveled by This is the first contrast between the two literatures And both that morning equally lay in leaves no step had trodden black the leaves had covered the ground and since the time they had fallen no one had yet to pass by on this road Perhaps Frost does this because each time a person comes to the point where they have to make a choice it is new to them somewhere they have never been and they tend to feel as though no one else had ever been there either The persona took the road less traveled by The
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