How does Robert Frost convey the linear nature of life in "The Road Not Taken"?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For Robert Frost in "The Road Not Taken," life is lineally designed by the choices we make.  Frost suggests that our existence and identity is defined by these situations where we progress and are faced with situations that his speaker is situated.  In these scenarios, our notion of self is bound to change with the fork in the road and the two paths.  Once we make our choice, we progress on that path until another fork confronts us and another choice is compelled, and the path continues.  The single, linear dimension that defines our lives is choice.  This is the problem, and the solution.  We continue in our progression of choice after choice.  When confronted with this decision, we can rely on whatever criteria we want, yet we must know that the choices are ours, and ours to make.  They become a part of us for they define the next series of paths/ choices that have to be made.  We cannot escape having to choose because the linear design of life, as suggested in the poem, tells us that we will come upon a fork in our own roads that cannot be overcome without choice.  The cycle continues once our decisions have been made and that will make "all the difference."