The Road Not Taken Outline

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Thesis “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is a lyrical poem that uses emotion and symbolism to reveal a hidden message to the reader. Outline I. Introduction II. Mood of the speaker a. Making a difficult choice b. Satisfied, “and that has made all the difference” III. Symbolism a. Christian perspective b. Choices made IV. Conclusion In order to properly examine a poem, the reader must be able to interpret what the poet is signifying or representing. Poems will generally contain actual meaning to the story as well as a hidden or symbolic meaning that the author is trying to express to the reader. For example, in Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” the poet begins by standing at a fork in the road. He takes some time to consider which…show more content…
The mood can be used to help the reader understand the meaning of the poem. At first, it appeared that the author was not certain of what road to travel. The decision was not only which road to travel but also realizing that decision was permanent; there was no going back. In everyday situations, most people have to decide which road to travel. The “fork in people’s life often have a lasting effect that cannot be changed. The wrong path can lead to consequences. Christian’s have to deal with the road of sin, and have to carefully examine their road to life a Godly life. Satan is out there to tempt the Christian and it is important to carefully make the right choice. The author made a brave decision to choose the road that was not preferred by travelers. Christians have to make a brave decision to avoid the road of sin. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand the poet’s dilemma. It is easy for the reader to relate to the dilemma. Secondly, the author is clearly satisfied with his decision. The words, “and that made all the difference,” at the end suggests that he was pleased with the choice made. Readers can relate to the emotion or stress of dealing with a decision and also the joy of making the right

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