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How does Robert Frost convey the message of choice in "The Road Not Taken"?

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noor12345111 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 12, 2012 at 1:26 AM via web

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How does Robert Frost convey the message of choice in "The Road Not Taken"?

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chickflik999 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted December 12, 2012 at 2:27 AM (Answer #1)

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In "The Road Not Taken", the speaker is walking through a forest and comes to a fork in the road. He says that he wishes he could choose both forks, but admits that this is not possible. As a result, he decides to choose the road less travelled.  However, in making this choice, he voices regret about not choosing the other route. He says that he wishes he could return to take the other road at another time, but admits that this is not likely to happen. Through this dialogue, Frost is discussing the finality of making choices. He is demonstrating that choices are irrevocable.

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