Symbolism of the Journey

Symbolism of the Journey: “The Road Not Taken” &”The Worn Path”
Laura Adams
Eng 125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Wanda Deffenbaugh
July 25, 2011

Symbolism of the Journey: “The Road Not Taken” &”The Worn Path”
As it stands in modern days, symbolism is commonly used in short stories and poems. Either way the author uses such literary works to lure the reader in. When such works are used the writer must consider how a reader could relate, whether through life experiences or imagination. The experience begins with, and is determined by, the depth of connection you make with the imaginary world that a piece of literature presents. Now symbolism is something that has literary identity, but also stands for something else (as cited in Clugston, 2010, section 10.4). It is something that is widely understood and has been developed by common ground, and is intensified when used paradoxically, thus causing opposite meaning to its conventional meaning. To the best of my knowledge, I have found that poets do not use paradox because they focus primarily on symbolism, theme, and even setting a specific tone. We now know that paradox would generally be used in stories and not poems, considering that stories have a longer chance to produce a plot, climax, and a resolution including a chance to use foreshadowing or flashbacks.
Let’s take a look into how symbolism is in the journey. Symbolism can be used in two ways, and the experience that we can adhere to is definitely a journey in itself. It is most commonly that writers or poets would use animals or certain objects for their message to portray or code a message for the reader to find. Picture yourself riding in a car, and while it’s raining you look beyond the windshield wipers to see the road. You see the main focus, but there are obstructions in the way. Now all you have to do is make a choice, and follow through with confidence, and not second guess your steps. When you second guess yourself, you are more...