Decisions are indefinite
Have you ever been at a fork in the road forced to make a decision? Should I go right? Left? Did I make the right decision? While reading, Robert Frost’s poem "The Road Not Taken” I was forced to relive these questions and experiences from my personal life. The “traveler” in the poem was forced to choose one road to travel much like me when I made a decision to join the Army rather than attend college. Like the “traveler” I realized there is never a definite right or left, wrong or right, good or bad, there are only decisions to be made; however, one must be cautious because once a decision is made it will affect all that is yet to come.
Robert Frost in "The Road Not Taken,” wrote a literal and metaphorical poem about choices that we all face on a daily basis. Frost gives the reader a single character, “and be one traveler long I stood," (Frost line 3) who is reliable. He is careful not give any specific details such as gender, race, or age, making it easy to imagine yourself as the "traveler" to whom Frost is referring throughout the poem. The “traveler” begins their journey literally at a fork in the road having to choose what path to travel. Metaphorically the poem is referring to life decisions, and although there are options, you must choose only one. In the poem the “traveler” looks down both roads using his or her senses to predict the appropriate route. Frost is saying that before we make a decision, we all try to predict the outcome. The “traveler’s” vision was obstructed by the brush on the path as the poem states: "[t]o where it bent in the undergrowth "(Frost line 5). Frost is using the undergrowth to represent another decision that will soon have to be made.
Frost also illustrates that decisions are constant and unexpected through this statement:" And both that morning equally lay" (Frost line 10). The “traveler” approached two paths before anyone walked on them or rustled the leaves around. The “traveler”...