The Decisions We Make

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The Decisions We Make
Kenneth Milton
Eng. 125 Introduction To Literature
Lindsay Brand
April 7, 2013





The Decisions We Make
For my assignment, I choose to analyze Robert Frost's poem, The Road Not Taken. I will use a archetypal approach to analyze this poem. This poem has emotional influence because it presents an existential theme. All through the poem Frost calls the attention to the importance of the choices made throughout our lives and the consequences of them. This seems like an inspirational poem that thrives to encourage us to trust in our decisions, to me this poem is about the inability of people to avoid choices, and the vulnerability of living our lives because of choices we cannot change.
This poem captured my attention because of its use of an Archetypal Dilemma, one that is easily recognized because each of us encounters it many times, both literally and figuratively. Frost uses a metaphor describing the paths in the woods and forks in the road, to show everyone how they have the freedom to choose the paths in their lives. We make many decisions in our lives every day. However, we are not always sure that we made the right decision.
"The drama of the poem is of the persona making a choice between the two roads. As evolved creatures, we should be able to make choices, but the poem suggests that our choices are irrational and aesthetic. The sense of meaning and morality derived from choice is not reconciled but, rather obliterated and canceled by a normal monism. Frost is trying to reconcile impulse with a con-science that needs goals and harbors deep regrets,(Faggin, Robert).

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