How does the poem "The Road Not Taken" relate to our views on our society as a whole?Based on what you have learned from the poem "The Road Not Taken", think about how the research on...

How does the poem "The Road Not Taken" relate to our views on our society as a whole?

Based on what you have learned from the poem "The Road Not Taken", think about how the research on your topic will impact your views and attitudes towards yourself, your family, your profession, your local community or society as a whole in the coming years.

Take a stand in the form of a thesis statement.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't necessarily know that we can draw any definite conclusions from this poem regarding whether the speaker made the right and wrong choice. Certainly it is possible to argue this, but I prefer to look at this poem as being about whimsical regret for an alternative future that the speaker could have had if he had made a different choice. Often, no matter how happy (or not) we are with our present, we recognise that things could have been very different if we had married somebody else, for example, or studied a different subject, or took a different job. This poem is about the way that such alternative possibilities can haunt us.

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Some critics have actually said that Frost, since there is no indication that the road he chose made a POSITIVE difference, is implying that in his case, the road he chose was NOT the best choice.  You might want to look into that angle, as well, because it is in contrast to what many critics say, but it is an interesting angle, no less! :-)

One message, then, that might come out of this poem, taking into consideration what I mentioned above, is that the choices we make can be ones we forever regret or are glad we made.  Also, I think Frost might be pointing out that even ONE single decision can change our futures.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Well, I don't know what your topic is or what you've found in your research, but it seems to me that the speaker is teaching us not to follow the crowd.  He is saying, "Hey, kiddo!  Wake up and follow your own dreams.  Don't wait for what others tell you to do, although a little guidance now and then isn't always a bad thing.  You have to make up your own mind." 

So, how does that apply to what you've got so far?  How will that philosophy effect your relationships, attitudes, and your future?

Good Luck! 

 

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