Both poems focus on the choices made in life. In "The Road not Taken," the speaker must decide which road to take in the "yellow wood," the one more traveled path or the one that "wanted wear." At the end of the poem, the author reflects on his choice and states it has "made all the difference" in his life. In "Traveling through the Dark," the speaker chooses to remove a deer previously hit from the "edge of the Wilson River road" to prevent further accidents should a car try to swerve to miss it. When he discovers the deer is pregnant, the speaker contemplates the decision he is about to make but decides to roll the deer into the canyon.