SYMBOLISM OF THE JOURNEY 1
Symbolism of the Journey: “I Used to Live Here Once” & “The Road Not Taken”
Eng125: English Literature
Instructor: Danielle Slaughter
April 24th, 2013
SYMBOLISM OF THE JOURNEY 2
The journey of life that everyone must take is one of the most extraordinary things we can experience. Everybody has their own story to tell when it comes to the journey we take in life. Whether it is a story about an experience we had or a decision we had to make, they are all part of that extraordinary journey we take in life that begins when you are born and ends with death. Although a lot of those journeys usually tend to be struggles we deal with, that is also what makes us unique and individual because they make us who we are as people. “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty is a short story about an old woman experiencing a journey in her life with numerous struggles along the way. In “A Worn Path” it shows us the journey that an old woman makes out of the love she has for her family and also the will and determination she has in order to complete the journey. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is a poem about having to make a hard decision during the journey of life. In “The Road Not Taken” it shows us the journey of a person who has to make a decision and choose what path would be better for them to take in the journey we call life. In both “A Worn Path” and “The Road Not Taken” they both share the same theme which is the “Journey”, but both pieces of literature are different genres and written in different styles.
While the theme in both of these pieces of literature is “journey”, the both are very different when it comes to the way they were written and the symbolism used. They both describe an actual road or path which symbolizes the journey. A journey...