In your course reading packet you will find a number of poems. Choose one and write a thesis sentence for a short essay on this piece. Briefly explain how you would develop your argument for this interpretation.
“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is a poem with an obvious literal meaning. A man comes to a fork in the road and has to make a decision on which way to go to continue his journey. After a lot of thought, the traveler chooses the road “less traveled by.” I interpreted this to mean that he took the more complex path or journey and avoided the simpler road. My thesis sentence for this poem would be “ In life all people are faced with choices, some more complex then others. Many choose the easy way out, while others choose the more difficult alternative. In this poem the traveler chose the more difficult path, and this proves that being your own person and following your own path is a worthwhile pursuit.”
I would develop an argument using specific lines such as “I doubted if I should ever come back.” (Frost 15) because knowing the hardships he may endure helped portray the courage and strength this man had within himself. He made himself seem very brave when he stated “ I took the one less traveled by,” (Frost 19), he was aware that not many people were as bold as he and this showed he was his own person and willing to face what others may have been to afraid to see.
What was your favorite reading this semester? Why?
My favorite reading this semester was “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, a post- apocalyptic tale describing a journey taken by a father and his son. I felt this book main theme was the relationship that these two shared. After all, the book was entirely about how their love for one another gave them strength to keep going. Until the very end when the father can no longer make it. The reader is able to feel the connection between the character and really understand that they are all each other have.
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