How do Shakespeare and Robert Frost present choices in Macbeth and "The Road not Taken"?I would like to point out that presentation of choices is only one part of my essay.
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Both Macbeth and The Road Not Taken deal with the consequences of choices. Lady Macbeth walks around talking in her sleep. She cannot be rid of the choice she has made. We see her monologue of "out, out damned spot" as a prime example of her guilt. The Road Not Taken is far more general than Macbeth, but it is also far shorter. Frost talks about the consequences of choices in his final lines "I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference." Macbeth seems to have a darker view of these consequences than The Road Not Taken. However, in Macbeth, the characters are dealing with specific, dark choices. Frost is dealing with a more general concept on how to make choices and the choice of which path we will follow in life. Macbeth spells out the consequences and the choices that lead to them. Frost hints at similar themes but does not give specifics. I think the two key points on this topic are that both Macbeth and Frost discuss the consequences of choices, but Macbeth leads the reader down a much darker road while Frost is more optimistic and uplifting.