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Everyone is a traveler carefully choosing which roads to follow on the map of life There is never a straight path that leaves one with but a single direction in which to head Robert Frosts The Road Not Taken can be interpreted in many different ways The shade of light in which the reader sees the poem depends upon her past present and the attitude with which she looks toward her future In any case however this poem clearly demonstrates Frosts belief that it is the road that one chooses that makes him the man he is The central image that Frost presents which is the path provides a clear picture that the reader can focus on in order to reveal something about the poem The two roads diverged in a yellow wood vividly portray the fact that it is always difficult to make a decision because it is impossible not to wonder about the opportunity that will be missed out on There is a strong sense of regret before the choice is even made and it lies in the knowledge that in one lifetime it is impossible to travel down every path that one encounters In an attempt to make a decision the traveler looks down one as far as I could The road that will be chosen leads to the unknown as does any choice in life As much as he may strain his eyes to see how far the road stretches eventually it surpasses his vision and he can never see where it is going to lead It is the path that he chooses that sets him off on his journey and determines where he is going and what he will encounter In the second stanza Frost lets the reader know that the traveler has chosen to take the path less traveled by Then took the other just as fair and having perhaps the better claim
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