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The Choices of Life The choices that we make in life are never easy and we face many of them in our lifetime The poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is a first person narrative poem in which Frost himself can be considered the speaker A person walking in the woods is faced with the choice of two roads in which to take He would like to explore both roads He tells himself that he will explore one and then come back and explore the other but he knows that he will probably be unable to do so Arp 808 Through Frosts use of images and symbols he is able to convey his theme that the choices a person makes in life are ultimately responsible for their future yet a person can never go back to the past and experience other possibilities As Frost begins his poem about the road he did not take he is standing in the woods looking at two different roads that diverge in a yellow wood The two roads that diverged in a yellow wood represent a critical choice between two ways of life Ogilvie 3 If he travels down one it leads in one direction if he takes the other it leads him somewhere different Words are symbols of concepts which have acquired connotation of feeling in addition to their denotation of concept Greenberg and Hepburn 137 Frost uses these words about two different roads as a symbol of the choices we make in our everyday lives The fork in the road represents the speakers encounter of having to choose from two paths a direction that will affect the rest of his life And sorry I could not travel both Arp 807 Frost goes on to say because the speaker wishes that he could experience both paths In the next three lines Frost seems to give us some advice on making choices He suggests that we should
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