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Parallel Ideas in the Road Not Taken and A Worn Path

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To get a clearer picture of the journey of the speaker in Frost’s The Road Not Taken and Phoenix Jackson, the main character of Wetly’s A Worn Path, let us discuss different aspects of both literary pieces. II. Discussion To better understand the journey of the characters in the two literary pieces, let us first look at the point of view used by the writers. In The Road not Taken, the author used the first person and played a major role in the poem (Finger, 1978). Note that in this literary piece, the author talks about having to make a choice between two paths and how he felt sorry that he could not take both. Since the author uses the first person approach, the readers’ perspective of the story is limited only to the thoughts, feelings and points of view of the writer (Finger, 1978). Since the readers are restricted to the thoughts and feelings of a single character in the poem, the readers can only see what the character sees. This narrow and restricted vision can be gleaned from the scenes pictures in different stanzas of the poem (Finger, 1978). For instance, in the first paragraph of the poem, the author talked about the yellow wood and the road that bent in the undergrowth and how he had to struggle with himself as to which path he will take. By restricting the view of the readers, Frost was able to direct the attention of the readers solely on the underlying struggles that he wants to convey when he made to choose one of the paths in the woods (Kearns, 1994). Notice that as the poem progresses, the narrator start to inject the feeling of inevitability where the narrator will now have to stand by the decision that he made no… The theme, setting, tone, characterization and the point of view of the narrator or the character in the poem, story or drama are very important to get the right message across to the readers.Frost’s The Road Not Taken and Wetly’s A Worn Path both talk about the journey of the characters and the obstacles that they both have to go through to achieve the purpose of their respective journey. These two literary works presents two different persons who shared the same zeal and commitment to journey and reach their destination no matter what obstacles may come along the way. Both Frost’s poem and Wetly’s short story talk about people going on a journey but while Frost’s character had a choice which path to take (Fleissner, 2007), Wetly’s character did not have such luxury (Donlan, 1998). Note that in Fort’s poem, the character stood before two roads while in Wetly’s short story, the main character felt that she had no choice but to take the beaten path to the town to buy medicine for his ailing grandson. In the poem, the narrator was unsure where he is heading but in the short story, the heroine or the main character was certain of her destination. Although the poem and the short story may have some variations in its presentation of its theme, one this evident, both literary works were able to clearly convey the messages of change and transitions to the reader. The paths in both the poem and the short story represent transition and these transitions can pose a lot of challenges to the travelers.