Describe the conflict the speaker feels in the poem "The Road Not Taken."

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In “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, the conflict manifests both literally and metaphorically. The narrator describes the conflict he experiences when coming to a fork in the road during his morning wanderings. In the first stanza, the speaker has mixed feelings as to which road to take because they seem so similar. He tries to peer down one as far as he can and then considers the other. He finds them both to be about the same but he has to choose. He decides to take the second path, which on that morning seemed a bit less traveled. The choice of roads is a metaphor for a decision in his life that he is conflicted about He attempts to see into his future as he looks down those roads, but since both choices seem to be about the same, he makes the second one. The author never explains what the specific conflict is but leaves it undefined which ultimately resonates with a wider audience.