Give an instance in which you were caught in a dilemma in the poem-" The Road Not Taken" and how did you come out of it?Give an instance in which you were caught in a dilemma in the poem-" The Road...

Give an instance in which you were caught in a dilemma in the poem-" The Road Not Taken" and how did you come out of it?

Give an instance in which you were caught in a dilemma in the poem-" The Road Not Taken" and how did you come out of it?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Okay, how about a metaphorical comparison related to teaching?  One of the schools in which I taught (actually ALL of them) contained a buzzing teacher's lounge.  Come to think of it, ... I bet all schools do.  Teachers would sit there complaining about one students' character or values, complaining about administration, complaining about lack of vacation, complaining about not having enough time with their own kids, complaining about behavior problems,  complaining about other teachers whom they disliked, complaining about the amount of grading they had to do, complaining about red tape. ...

Yes, there was a lot of complaining.

There I stood at the door of that teacher's lounge, ... just standing there:

Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

Quite simply, there wasn't a single day that I didn't turn and walk away:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

I have always been happiest when it is "just me and the kids."  I dislike professional observations.  I dislike school tours.  I dislike fire drills. I dislike department meetings, ...

... and I dislike teacher's lounges!

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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This sounds like a homework task, and should be based on your own personal experiences, I imagine.

Possible ideas you could use would be situations where, on reflection, you made a life-changing decision. It may have been obvious that your life would change from that point; as in events such as saying your wedding vows in church and committing yourself to another person or accepting a job offer in a distant city. Alternatively you could use a scenario where a more spontaneous decision was made that proved life-changing, such as bowing to peer pressure to buy alcohol underage or standing up someone on a date.

Frost says that he chose 'the road less travelled' - the less popular 'path', and the choice for him 'made all the difference'. It could be that your scenario has dramatic consequences one way or another - if you had not dived in the lake to save your brother he would have drowned, for example.

Good luck!

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