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Symbolism in "The Road Not Taken" by Mind Map: Symbolism in
"The Road Not
Taken"
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Symbolism in "The Road Not Taken"

The roads symbolize the speaker's choices

two roads

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood/And sorry I could not travel both", Must choose one or the other

one is overgrown

"grassy and wanted wear", New node

one is worn

He can either take this path or the one other people haven't taken

The speaker's choice symbolizes his independence

the first path is more overgrown

"leaves no step had trodden black", taking the first path is not following other people's footsteps, it is making his own path

he chooses the first, less worn path even though it is not as easy

"I kept the first for another day", he decides to take this risk and travel the first path

which is significant because it the the road fewer other people have taken - he is making his own path

"I took the one less traveled by", he is taking a course of action in his life that other people haven't taken which demonstrates his independence, it is more challenging to take the less-traveled road

That choice influences the speaker's character

he can't make the decision again

"Yet knowing how way leads on to way,/I doubted if I should ever come back", it is a permanent decision that he cannot go back and change

he'll be telling the story in the future

"I shall be telling this with a sigh/Somewhere ages and ages hence", he is predicting that this event will be significant in his life, telling it with a sigh demonstrates that it is an emotionally important decision, it will still be relevant ages and ages in the future

choosing the road less traveled has made a difference in his life

"I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference", choosing this road makes all the difference in his life by helping him develop his own independence