August 27, 2008
People make decisions consciously, subconsciously, and constantly. After reading Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, I began to ponder the value of the speaker’s words. The speaker demonstrates decision making by describing a person as a traveler, debating which road to take on his journey. In The Road Not Taken, the traveler comes across two roads; however, there are often more questionable paths in life. In essence, this poem uses different symbols to stress the fact that people have choices in life, that these choices, whether good or bad, have results, and that our choices ultimately affect our destiny. Each person makes decisions frequently during a lifetime, such as deciding what outfit to wear for the day or how to plan an evening with friends. Some choices are made in an instant, while others require much time and thought. In this poem, the traveler is having a dilemma over which road to take. Had he been given the option to travel both roads, he would have accepted. Similarly, a person can be faced with choices that are difficult to make but necessary in order to progress in life. Often choices that take longer to make will derive better decisions from people because he or she has time to weigh the consequences and see which option is best.
Often a person makes a choice that has regrettable consequences and looking back wishes that he had chosen a different option. The speaker subtly hints that the traveler suspects that he might take the wrong path and miss out on something. The cliché, “the grass is always greener on the other side,” is an example of this scenario. At one point or another, each person will experience a bad decision resulting in hard consequences. However, making a wise choice could result in promising consequences. The poet explains that an independent, knowledgeable, and strong-willed individual is capable of making wiser choices that one who simply follows the crowd. The traveler took the path that was less worn; and although he wondered where the other road will take him, he followed the less travelled path.
When the traveler reaches the end of the path, he sighs because he realizes that there were other paths to take. Ultimately, the road he walked made him turn out the way that he did. The choices that a person makes will reflect character, desire, and destiny. Deciding which college to attend or what area to study are defining decisions that an individual must make in a lifetime. Decisions will guide a person for the rest of his life and there will always be choices or different roads to travel. However, the final choice that a person makes will define the outcome of a future.
Choices exist everywhere; they have consequences and can result in a person’s future. Nevertheless, the question remains, “Which road should the traveler have taken?” The traveler decided to walk the path that was less worn. He did consider other options; however, in the end he was satisfied with his choice. Ultimately, the goal in life’s choices should be to make decisions which complement your morals, values, and independence. Therefore, after reading Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, I believe that the traveler made the correct choice.