Alexis Davis; The Trial by Existence

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In “The Trial by Existence” Robert Frost uses metaphors to depict the hardships of life. Frost’s metaphors are used in the themes of valor, fate, and imagery. His analogies enables the reader to view his work from numerous perspectives. His use of imagery takes the reader along the journey of life and courage. His comparisons appeals to the reader because they are pragmatic, and are things we experience in life.
Valor is displayed numerous times throughout this poem. In lines 26-28 the speaker says, “ To view once more the sacrifice of those who for some good discerned will gladly give up paradise.” Valor is shown throughout these lines. Also in lines 41-44 it says, “Nor is there wanting in the press some spirit to stand simply forth, heroic in its nakedness, against the uttermost of earth. This is a great explanation of what valor is. In lines 1-8 it says, “To find the utmost reward of daring should still be to dare.”
In In lines 26-28 the speaker says, “ To view once more the sacrifice of those who for some good discerned will gladly give up paradise. There are a few people in this world that are truly genuine. It takes a gracious, compassionate person to display true valor. Valor is giving up something in order to help someone else. Valor is bravery. The people that show valor everyday are the people that fight for our country. in lines 41-44 it says, “Nor is there wanting in the press some spirit to stand simply forth, heroic in its nakedness, against the uttermost of earth. People that truly show valor do not expect a reward out of it. Valor is a self-reward. The people that display valor does it out of the kindness of their heart. Valor can be displayed many different ways. Sometimes valor is “standing up for what you be...

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...as for us on the wrack nothing but what we somehow chose;” In these lines I think Frost is suggesting that our life is predetermined. That somehow we chose the life we live before we were even born to this Earth. I think our life is half predestined and half free will. I think of it like a maze representing your life. At the start is your birth and at the end is your death. Depending on the decisions you make your life could turn out different from what it is predestined to be.
Frost’s use of metaphors and imagery makes the reader feel as if they have seen the complete journey of life. His use of imagery is so vivid. After reading this poem the reader is capable of interpreting this poem from different perspectives. It gives you a sense of understanding of the true meaning of valor. Everyone is here for a reason, but some people are here to take the task of valor.

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