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Reflection Essay

679 words - 3 pages

Reflection
Sherrye Sims
ENG125
Jennifer Chunn
March 21, 2013

The literary work that captured my interest the most was Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”. This poem to me represents the unknown and possibilities to come. This poem is about everyday life and the decisions we make. It is about the choices we make that could very well affect our lives forever. For example we choose whether or not to be good or bad. We choose whether or not to strive for bigger and better life than what our parents, siblings and aunts and uncles had or settle for what know is easy. This poem uses symbolism and persona. It symbolizes that life is full of choices, but you have to make the correct choice or what you believe to be the correct choice for yourself.
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The feeling you receive from this poem would be curiosity. You will always wonder where the road will lead you until you make it to the end of the road to get your results. This poem gives you the desire to escape your past and wish you did a lot of things differently. It would also make you wonder what would life be like right now if you had chosen a different path. You always hear people say “if I knew then what I know now things would have definitely been done differently”. This statement has been said so often people actually believe it. The truth is we learn from the mistakes that we did make to help us not make the same mistakes again. We are human and we are all fallible so we do make mistakes. Yes the makes you think back and say if I would have chose that other path my life would be so much different, but in reality do we really know that?
When I personally sat back and thought about all of the should have, could have, would have, I realized that I would not change a thing about my life because the path I chose did not bring a lot of heartache and pain. It just gave me a bit of challenge and a lot of knowledge. The connection to this literary art and others I have read is finding myself enthralled in the message I get from each one. I always try to connect with what I am reading to try to understand the purpose. My connection with “The Road Not Taken” is that it reinforced things for me and allowed me to go back and think on the past and realize that it was okay that I did not follow in everyone else’s footsteps and followed my own path that I made for myself. I interpret this poem to mean you never know where the road will lead you until you travel the path. There is never a definite way of knowing what is to come. What is meant to come into your life will come whether you like the outcome or not. I strongly believe that sometimes you just have to walk out on faith.

Works Cited

Clugston, R. W. (2010). Journey into literature. San Diego, California: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

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