The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken
Paula C. Thomas
ENG 125
Victoria Schmidt
May 23, 2011
The meaning of “The Road Not Taken” is the ability to have choices and how the effect your life.   Using the reader-response approach, I will try to analyze and interpret the literary work.   The ability of choices and the ability to make the choice to take a path less travelled is a profound undertaken that most people are choosing to follow.
Have you ever been given the choice of two different paths in life?   The road most taken and the road least travelled, two different life choices.   “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” (Clugston, 2010, section. 2.2, para. 5).   The fact that he took the road less travelled on caught my imagination and made me think about my recent choices.   The choice to stay in my current position with a lot of stress that is stable or move to less stressful position where my job could be in jeopardy.   Any choice that’s made might have consequences that to be dealt with.
The tone that I got from “The Road Not Taken” was one of curiosity.   The person clearly wanted to know what was beyond the road that so much chose not to follow.   I got the sense that he was wondering if he would end up better or worse than they did.   “Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear” (Clugston, 2010, section. 2.2, para. 6).
This literary work had no desire to escape the past or present it had the desire of wanting to make a better choice than those previously had.   As the speaker look at the paths that looked so similar, but different due to the wear by travelers he wondered why no one chose the other path.   He approached the path less traveled with a little resignation and ended up happy with his decision.
The connection I made with this piece of literature is that the choices we make in our life and the impact it has on our lives.   Although we never know if the choice we chose to ignore would have made a...