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Symbolism, Imagery, and Theme of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Symbolism, Imagery, and Theme of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost


How can an author effectively convey a universal message to the broadest audience possible? Simple. The author must simply create a completely impartial narrator, devoid of sex, status, or age. The Road Not Taken is a poem told by an impartial narrator who has come to a crossroads in his/her life. The crossroads is represented by a forked path that leads through a forest. The setting is also impartial; the forest is anytime and anywhere the reader desires it to be. The narrator is forced to make a life-decision, thus changing the course of his/her life forever. Symbolism and imagery are used effectively to reinforce the main theme of the poem.

            One instance of symbolism in the first stanza is "And looked down one as far as I could / To where it bent in the undergrowth;".  This symbol shows to me that the person who needs to make this life decision is trying to peer into the future to see what the outcome would be if he takes a certain path.   He cannot see past the immediate future, hence the ref...

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