How the speaker feel about his dilemma? how do you know?

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ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the poem, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost the narrator is ambiguous about the situation. He knows he must make a choice, but when analyzing the nature of the paths, he eventually finds that, "Though as for that the passing there/Had worn them really about the same." He knows he must make a choice, but he wants to leave his options open, "Oh, I marked the first for another day!" At the same time however, he knows that "...way leads on to way/I doubted if I should ever come back." His eventual conclusion is that the choice must be made, but even more important is that he (any individual) can live with the choice because it is the choosing and living with the choice that "makes all the difference."


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dmahesh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The poetic figure's dilemma in choosing a 'road' can be seen in two ways. First, he has to make a choice now , right where he stood which involved selecting one road and leaving the other out-an exercise he did not like. Secondly, he is unsure whether he would be using 'the road not taken' at an uncertain time in future. Interestingly, he himself finds a way out of the dilemma. He chose the less travelled road because it ''wanted wear'' and looked ''as just as fair''. He sounds logical and convincing in his argument. Also, he answers his own doubt about the choice he didn't choose-a possibility that remains unfulfilled and mightbe referred to with a 'sigh'. The words 'sorry' and 'sigh' indicate a sense of loss which is again challenged by the revelation-''And that has made all the difference." The revelation suggests that his dilemma was rather unfounded.