Area of Study - the Journey (Advanced English)

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English Assessment Task 1 – Area of Study.
The Journey.
Journeys can be long, journeys can be short, journeys can be difficult. Life is a journeys, something we all experience.

Fellow students, Mrs. Sealey, my understanding of the concept of journey has been expanded through my studie of the set texts: ‘The Road Not Taken’ and ‘Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening’. As well as my additional texts: ‘Enter Without so much as Knocking’ and the poem of Robert Gray ‘Late Ferry’.

Robert Frost in his poems presents the journey as paths we have to choose from, but he also tells us that we always shall choose the right one for us and not the one others may say we should choose. Frost uses inversion in his poem ‘The Road Not Taken’, for example he writes and I quote “long I stood, and looked down one as far as I could”. It tells us that the decision is not easy to make, you have to take time to think about it and not just rush into it. The two roads he has to choose from are the extended metaphor; they represent the journey of life and two different paths in life. Once he had chosen the road that was less travelled, he realised that it was the road that was going to shape the rest of his life (his destiny), it was the right one for him, he writes and I quote “I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference”. However as well as making choices in life, Frost shows us that the journey can be very difficult and sometimes we just want the journey to end. In ‘Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening’ Frost uses a poetic technique to show us that in life we come upon choices we have to make, whether to continue our journey or not. We might feel like just giving up and ending our journey, but we know we have to continue because we have responsibilities and promises to keep. Frost uses...
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