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In Robert Frost's piece " The Road Not Taken" I feel that Frost is mocking human nature for being indecisive and eternally unsatisfied with the choices we have made in our lives; we are people always suffering from regrets and the cliche "the grass is greener on the other side" mentality. The poem begins with the speaker stating his regrets that he cannot venture down both roads to see which one will prove a more enjoyable journey. His exact sentiments are in lines 2 and 3 "And sorry, I could not travel both- and be one traveler, long I stood-" . He goes on to show his struggle with indecision when making his final choice as he contradicts himself in lines 8 through 10 "Because it was grassy and wanted wear, Though as for that, the passing there, had worn them really about the same." This quotation also clarifies that both paths presented have been equally traveled.

Frost's speaker then goes on to exclaim "Oh. I kept the first one for another day!" telling us of his desire to return and live his life in it's entirety by eventually traveling down the other path. He then illustrates again his indecision and regret while contradicting himself when saying " Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I shall ever come back." At this point, I shall presume that Frost is speaking of choices such as marriage and family life versus leading a life of travel and leisure. Those are the two most recognizable paths presented in our culture.

The last stanza is greeted with a sigh. Traditionally a sigh is a sign of exhaust and disappointment. At this point in the journey with our speaker, it is felt that the journey is over and being reflected upon with a sigh, as he is about to dispense his wisdom. But reading it literally, the character is speaking of his future. Again here we see a contradiction. We are left undecided if the speaker has already ventured through his life or if he about to begin his journey upon the road less traveled ( with seemingly stronger...