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Interpretation On Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken

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Interpretation on Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken
by Endah Wahyuni

Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken seems to represent indecision. It tells us about a travelers who is standing in front of two different roads that basically look the same. He doesn’t know where each of the roads leads to, but he should make a choice whether he would take the first road or the other in order to move forward. Of course the roads here are just a symbol. It represents something much concrete in our reality: choices. In our life we are often meet with so much choices that could lead us to our future.

The first stanza explains about a traveler in a yellow wood, stood in front of two diverged roads and he can only choose one road to be traveled. So he takes an intense look to the first road to know where it goes, but he can’t get a good look because the road is covered by undergrowth. What does it means? I think the ...view middle of the document...

It leaves us with the question: Why does he feel different about this road? In the 3rd line of 2nd stanza, because it was grassy and wanted wear. The word grassy could mean green that represent life. Somehow the traveler can feel a better future from this road although once again, the roads actually look the same.

In the third stanza, we are being convinced that the traveler took the second road that he thought better than the first one, even though he doesn’t have any idea where this road might take him, what is waiting on the end of the road and he can’t go back to where he was standing then take the first road because once he took a step forward, there’s no way back.

The 1st line of the last stanza, I shall be telling this with a sigh—I think Robert Frost want us to make two difference assumptions about it. Is it a sigh of relief, or a sigh of regret? We could see further to line 4 and 5, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Different means something good, so I think it goes in a positive way. Thus, it was a sigh of relief. He was relieved that he could finally make a choice because after all, it is much better than not making any choice at all. It is stated that he took the one less traveled by, why was he said that? How could he know that the road he was take is the one less traveled by, because those two roads are, once again very similar? The answer, in my opinion is because the traveler needs to convince himself that he had made the right decision, the one that would –according to him- change his life to a better future. He needs to think positive and optimistically because with that, he wouldn’t feel any regrets that he didn’t take the first road. He wouldn’t wonder what’s in the first road and what will happen if he takes that road.

Then again, the title is The Road Not Taken, means the road which is not taken. So, even though he tried so hard to convince himself that he is satisfied with his decision, he still feels a regret, a fear of how if he choose the wrong road or in this case, decision.

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