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Discuss the metaphors in "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.

The metaphors in "The Road Not Taken" center around the idea that the two roads are like the way a person's life might change following a decision. However, the roads are really quite similar, and the speaker knows he will invest his choice of "road" with meaning it did not have in the retelling of his story.

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The metaphors in "The Road Not Taken" work together to convey an ultimately ambiguous tone.

First, the speaker arrives at a fork in the road. Metaphorically, he has arrived at a tough decision in his life.

One of these roads disappears into the undergrowth. Metaphorically, he can't see where this decision might lead. The ultimate outcome is uncertain.

Thus, he decides to take the other road, which has "perhaps the better claim." Metaphorically, he thinks that this path is favorable. His future thus looks more certain.

And then the speaker begins to cloud his metaphors. He notes that they are worn "really about the same" and that they "equally lay" in leaves no step has trodden black. These metaphors reinforce the idea that the paths actually aren't all that different. They both look fairly untraveled (metaphorically represented by the idea of being "grassy").

In totality, the various metaphors present the speaker's portrayal of this difficult decision he has made in the past. Yet his memories of...

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