Change Essay (Robert Frost and to Kill a Mocking Bird

My understanding of change has been developed and influenced by our study of the concept.   I have learnt that change occurs within literature, I can now see change within a text, its characters and how the meaning can change because of a change in context. Today’s society is clearly different to that of the world ninety years ago; we have changed.
Robert Frost’s poems ‘The Road Not Taken’ and ‘Fire and Ice’ show change both within each poem and through a change in context resulting in different interpretations for different readers. The social and political novel ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by Harper Lee is another great example of change within a text and through context. The language features and techniques eg. Metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, characterisation and structure used by the authors of these texts have shown me how change in literature can occur.

Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Not Taken’ represents the idea that one man making a decision has unpredictable consequences which will affect the rest of his life. Frost uses the metaphor of “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... one traveller ...and looked to where it bent in the undergrowth”. The metaphor of the diverging roads shows us choices, he says one traveller to allow the reader to relate to the poem. The undergrowth represents the idea of where we can no longer predict what consequences might come from our actions.
The symbolism of the “yellow wood” suggests autumn, the season of change. Our understanding of the poem itself changes, at face value the poem looks as if to inspire people on taking the ‘road less travelled’ but on closer inspection it is actually telling us that choice is inevitable. Another is the topic of choice, as we choose our lives change. If we look at frosts context we can see that it is during world war one, he is making decisions to head back to England and it is a time for major life choices related to his career; I gain new meaning from this poem as my context is...