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The Road Not Taken Analysis



Author: Poetry of Robert Frost Type: Poetry Views: 45463

Mountain Interval1916Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.






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wow this is a coool poem , actually i love frost , his work fire and ice is stunning.but its quite surprising that you guys are trashing this one...i guess u guys still had not found this kind of situation in your life....this poem describe situation of my life

| Posted on 2014-03-15 | by a guest


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rob Frost should write poem about CAKE and rhen we coud call it FROSTING. HaHA :D hahah no but serisoly i think its about a man who wants to chose a path but he cannot decid. thumbs up if u agre

| Posted on 2013-10-23 | by a guest


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wher is the end of the rod i dont knw wher the nd of rod is i ned to now wher end of rod is ugh why lif english po

| Posted on 2013-10-23 | by a guest


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wher is the end of the rod i dont knw wher the nd of rod is i ned to now wher end of rod is ugh why lif english po

| Posted on 2013-10-23 | by a guest


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The Poet says \"I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.\"What is the difference that the poet mentions?

| Posted on 2013-05-01 | by a guest


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the road not taken was written by robert frost, at first Robert frost don\'t know how to start the poem...and then he think to use I because the word I means everyone, its not just robert frost who takes the two roads, the two roads means choices, werein the choices are be controlled by thers or explore more.... He use I because he know, and in his opinion everyone, are having times where in we have to choose, its i there we would do what others do, or we explore beyond anything...

| Posted on 2012-10-26 | by a guest


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the roads metaphorically symbolize the connection of free-will and fate. He explains that although we are free to choose, we do not know what we are choosing between. Another interpretation may be that in life, your choices are inevitable. However you will never know what your choice means until you have lived it.
-Sam Meyer

| Posted on 2012-09-29 | by a guest


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that\'s an interesting poem.it gives a message how to chose the right path of our life.

| Posted on 2012-09-06 | by a guest


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\"Not marble, nor the gilded monuments\"
What\'s he saying?
\"Not marble, nor the gilded monuments / Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;\"
Statues and monuments will not last as long as this poem;
\"But you shall shine more bright in these contents / Than unswept stone, besmear\'d with sluttish time.\"
And you will last longer, immortalized in this poem, than the stone statues and monuments, which will fade and become dusty over time.
\"When wasteful war shall statues overturn, / And broils root out the work of masonry,\"
War and other disturbances will destroy statues and monuments,
\"Nor Mars his sword, nor war\'s quick fire shall burn / The living record of your memory.\"
But poetry, which memorializes you, cannot be destroyed by these means.
\"\'Gainst death, and all oblivious enmity / Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room\"
You shall outlast death and all other forces that seek to destroy things
\"Even in the eyes of all posterity / That wear this world out to the ending doom.\"
Even for future generations.
\"So, till the judgment that yourself arise, / You live in this, and dwell in lovers\' eyes.\"
So you will live in this poem until judgment day.
Why is he saying it?
Sonnet 55 builds on Horace\'s theme of poetry outlasting physical monuments to the dead: Exegi monumentum aere perennius / Regalique situ pyramidum altius ... / Non omnis moriar. This phrase translates to, \"I have built a monument more lasting than bronze / And taller than the regal peak of the pyramids... / I shall never completely die. In Horace\'s Ode 3.30, it is himself who will be immortalized by his poetry, but in the case of Sonnet 55, Shakespeare seeks to build a figurative monument to his beloved, the fair lord.
However, the fair lord is not described or revealed in anyway in this sonnet; instead, the sonnet just addresses the idea of immortality through verse. The final couplet addresses this problem with the assurance that it doesn\'t matter, since \"You live in this, and dwell in lovers\' eyes.\" It is enough that the fair lord lives in \"lovers\' eyes,\" or the eyes of the poet and presumably everyone else who sees him. The reference to judgment day in lines 12-13 also suggests that perhaps the identity of the fair lord will be revealed then.
This theme of immortality through verse is common in Shakespeare\'s sonnets. For example, in Sonnet 18, the speaker assures the fair lord that he will not die, \"When in eternal lines to time thou growest.\" Sonnet 19 admits that Time will eventually destroy the fair lord by disfiguring him and killing him, but ends with a challenge: \"Yet, do thy worst, old Time: despite thy wrong, / My love shall in my verse ever live young.\" Sonnet 65 bemoans that fleeting beauty stands no chance against the ravages of time, but hopes \"That in black ink my love may still shine bright.\"
The ravages of time is a recurring theme in Shakespeare\'s sonnets; often it is addressed in terms of its unavoidable effect on beauty and youth, specifically that of the fair lord, but here its effects on statues and monuments is the focus. \"Wasteful war,\" \"broils,\" the sword of Mars (the god of war), and \"war\'s quick fire\" are seen as the chief causes of the destruction of statues and monuments, in addition to \"sluttish time.\" Here, \"sluttish\" means lewd and whorish, and characterizes time as apathetic to the orderliness of the world.
Line 13 refers to \"the judgment that yourself arise,\" or judgment day. In religious tradition, judgment day is the point at which all souls, even those that have been dead for a long time (including that of the fair lord) will \"arise\" to be judged by God. This day is also referred to as \"the ending doom\" in line 12; \"posterity,\" or future generations, live in the world until that final day when everyone is judged. After that day, there is no further reason for immortalizing anyone in poetry.

| Posted on 2012-08-02 | by a guest


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this is a verry cool poem. author is cool two. roads are the roads to smartness. writting is really really emportaunt too life.

| Posted on 2012-05-21 | by a guest


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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost means so many things in just a short poem. It is amazing how much meaning Robert Frost can squeeze into so few, yet knowledgable words. The poem is literally about a wood with a path that forked into to different directions, a well trodden one, obviously the more popular of the two, and a more indigenous route. When faced with the decision between the paths, Robert Frost chose the less traveled. “And that has made all the difference,” he says in the last line. Due to this last line the true meaning of the poem is not quite clear, was it rewarding to take the road less traveled? Or does he regret his decision?
The structure of the poem allows the words to flow easily--small stanzas with every first, third, and fourth line rhyming, as well as every second and fifth. Because of the order in which the lines rhyme, the beat to the poem is very serious and the end is a quiet kind of strong, very inspiring. The author did not use a particularly large amount of poetic devices, except for a few personifications and metaphors. In fact, the whole poem is a metaphor, because Robert Frost is using the comparison of the wooded fork in the path with a deeper meaning of choices. “Because it was grassy and wanted wear,” Robert Frost says in line eight. This is an example of a personification he incorporated into his poem because he is stating that the path, an inanimate object, wanted wear.

While reading The Road Not Taken, I kept referring to a time when my family and I were on vacation on a remote island in the Bahamas. While my father and brother were swimming in the crystal clear water, my mother and I decided to drive the golf cart we had rented around and explore. We started off on a paved road, not to far of the beaten path, but the more turns we made, the farther into the undergrowth we went. By now branches were swatting us in the face, and our shirts were stuck to our backs from condensation. It was hot and humid and we were miserable by the time we approached a path much similar like the one in the poem. My mom spent a moment observing the two paths before saying, “why not take the road not taken,” and drove onto the more densely overgrown path. At this time, I had never read the poem before so I did not get the Robert Frost reference. My interpretation is that by taking the less taken road, Robert Frost was led to success, because at the end of that jungly path that my mother and I took, was a beautiful meadow, with lush green grass, and vibrant wild flowers. Reading this poem has given me even more depth and wisdom when it comes to making a decision, whether it be a small one or a big one, and the effects it may have on your life and future.

| Posted on 2012-05-10 | by a guest


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i think he just wrote a poem and that everyone is over analyzing every word

| Posted on 2012-03-16 | by a guest


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Wow. I came on here hoping for something helpful and all I found was a bunch of illiterates trashing a great poem. Cheers!

| Posted on 2012-02-02 | by a guest


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hello sa mga kamag anak ko sa mindanao.muzta na kau dyan.miss u.muah.

| Posted on 2011-10-11 | by a guest


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it show the important how hard to choose what path we will go

| Posted on 2011-10-02 | by a guest


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I have a question.. Does the speaker feel that he made the wrong choice in taking the road “less traveled by”? If not, why does he sigh? What does he regret?
Why does the choice between two roads that seem very much alike make such a big difference many years later?
Does it surprise you that this poem is often used at graduation ceremonies?
Have you heard the expression “The Road of Life”? As this poem is a narrative, it falls into the category of “Allegory”. What is the hidden story here?

| Posted on 2011-09-13 | by a guest


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well well this poem is full of cofusions in stanza 2 its first said one road is good other is hard but in last line its said both r same then what acctually was going through this swlne s mind while writing this poem its hell every lie seemed scattered

| Posted on 2011-08-17 | by a guest


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Can you explain what are the two roads that author comes across?& why the speaker choose that roads?

| Posted on 2011-07-21 | by a guest


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In my openion the poet helps others how overcome such situation in life.once one passes 12th then the other confution is to go for which corse.This poem plays an important part in once life.In his life he had chosen the correct path

| Posted on 2011-05-31 | by a guest


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In my openion the poet helps others how overcome such situation in life.once one passes 12th then the other confution is to go for which corse.This poem plays an important part in once life.In his life he had chosen the correct path

| Posted on 2011-05-31 | by a guest


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A few of the above analysis are incorrect,they said that he was \'taking the different path. thinking outside the box\' eew! this is a common misconception of this poem. In fact Frost is not telling people to take the \'less traveled by path\'. Because, as he points out, both paths are actually seemingly identical. What Frost is doing in this poem is trying to justify his choices, he is convincing himself that he took the right path in life, he was bold and chose to be an artist because he knew that was the right thing to do. But he quarrels with himself and contradicts what he says because he knows that they both \'equally\' lay. He was not particularly innovative in his choice, and he\'s almost embarrassed by this, because he\'s supposed to be an artist. \'I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.\'
He will tell this with a \'sigh\' because he knows it\'s a lie. Look how he mimics colloquial hesitation by writing \'and I- I\' as though he can\'t decide whether to be honest or make his life seem more meaningful by justifying his choice.

| Posted on 2011-05-22 | by a guest


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the poem is full of lessons . The poet tried to learn us how to making choice is an important and difficult work.

| Posted on 2011-05-20 | by a guest


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this is the poem that do admire people and too grands too peple to achieve success in life and the speaker too awakens them who have just qit things in once.

| Posted on 2011-05-13 | by a guest


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The poem is famous for its truth that he saw two roads and there was a reason why one was well travelled and the other not.
The multitude knew something about the journey and they followed the well travelled route. Others more adventurous or risk orientated took the road less travelled. He was one of those. It was a mistake and it made all the difference to his life. As Professor John Gray told us "tragedy is when people wager against the odds".

| Posted on 2011-04-25 | by a guest


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it is about making a change in your lifetime. the two roads represent two choices you have to make in life,once the choices are made you can never change them,because opportunity comes once. if opportunity doesn\'t knock build a door.although i am a grade 8 student going to high school in September i know what making choices is all about, and i know i have to make a choice for example when filling my form for high school i have to think about how to improve my grades and behaved like a matured person. and my parents and my grade 8 teachers have shown and taught me a lot about the challenges and difficulties of life. :(

| Posted on 2011-04-21 | by a guest


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it is about making a change in your lifetime. the two roads represent two choices you have to make in life,once the choices are made you can never change them,because opportunity comes once. if opportunity doesn\'t knock build a door.although i am a grade 8 student going to high school in September i know what making choices is all about, and i know i have to make a choice for example when filling my form for high school i have to think about how to improve my grades and behaved like a matured person. and my parents and my grade 8 teachers have shown and taught me a lot about the challenges and difficulties of life.

| Posted on 2011-04-21 | by a guest


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it is about making a change in your lifetime. the two roads represent two choices you have to make in life,once the choices are made you can never change them,because opportunity comes once. if opportunity doesn\'t knock build a door.although i am a grade 8 student going to high school in September i know what making choices is all about, and i know i have to make a choice for example when filling my form for high school i have to think about how to improve my grades and behaved like a matured person. and my parents and my grade 8 teachers have shown and taught me a lot about the challenges and difficulties of life.

| Posted on 2011-04-21 | by a guest


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I think that he is talking about the circumstance that we face when we are at fork of our life.the situation when we are influence by others.it is like to shoot the arrow in dark.our mom suggest us to shoot left and dad advise us to shoot right.our friends advise us to shoot straight.these all influences make us baffled.sigh may be expressed by us after making the decision.choosing the difficult way be rewarding after traveling some distance.

| Posted on 2011-04-17 | by a guest


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plese if u dsnt post my amazing commewntinform me on folloing x poet then considered the other as they seemed to be just the same from where he was.the poet says that the second one seemed to be grassy as it had not been worn out by many people.the place where the poet had been standing had no grass growing as many people had faced this dilema in life:)

| Posted on 2011-03-28 | by a guest


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plese if u dsnt post my amazing commewntinform me on folloing x poet then considered the other as they seemed to be just the same from where he was.the poet says that the second one seemed to be grassy as it had not been worn out by many people.the place where the poet had been standing had no grass growing as many people had faced this dilema in life:)

| Posted on 2011-03-28 | by a guest


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the poet then considered the other as they seemed to be just the same from where he was.the poet says that the second one seemed to be grassy as it had not been worn out by many people.the place where the poet had been standing had no grass growing as many people had faced this dilema in life
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aMaZInG:D

| Posted on 2011-03-28 | by a guest


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an amazing one :)
just wnt to tell summary but no wastage of time
sorry:D

| Posted on 2011-03-28 | by a guest


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I believe that the last part is where most of the focus should be:
\"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.\"
It seems to suggest, that as life passes, he had come back to a similar fork in the road, and chose the other path... in the figurative sense, eventually he tried both roads, and realized, ages and ages hence, that the taking the road less travelled, has made all the difference...
I believe it to be an ode to take the unbeaten path, to having the courage and maybe even audacity to take the road less travelled.
Although the title of the poem is \"The Road Not Taken\", which would suggest that he did not at any point taken it.
However, \"I shall be saying this with a sigh\" suggest a sense of relief, after achieving the dream he sought, a feeling of being glad he took that road, instead of the commonly taken road.

| Posted on 2011-03-21 | by a guest


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haha the poem was written because of robert and a friend of his that always walk together and talking about taking the other road
for me . . . i think the poem is about friendship between two people who can\'t take the road without the other. . they can split up and find out for themselves but they didn\'t. . . because they want to do it together
the road they\'re talking about can be the same as our experiences in life. . . agree or disagree????
email me if you have any comments. . . my mind is just thinking too much beyond. . . hahaha i hope that\'s good for someone like me , . .hehe

| Posted on 2011-02-24 | by a guest


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haha the poem was written because of robert and a friend of his that always walk together and talking about taking the other road
for me . . . i think the poem is about friendship between two people who can\'t take the road without the other. . they can split up and find out for themselves but they didn\'t. . . because they want to do it together
the road they\'re talking about can be the same as our experiences in life. . . agree or disagree????
email me if you have any comments. . . my mind is just thinking too much beyond. . . hahaha i hope that\'s good for someone like me , . .hehe

| Posted on 2011-02-24 | by a guest


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haha the poem was written because of robert and a friend of his that always walk together and talking about taking the other road
for me . . . i think the poem is about friendship between two people who can\'t take the road without the other. . they can split up and find out for themselves but they didn\'t. . . because they want to do it together
the road they\'re talking about can be the same as our experiences in life. . . agree or disagree????
email me if you have any comments. . . my mind is just thinking too much beyond. . . hahaha i hope that\'s good for someone like me , . .hehe

| Posted on 2011-02-24 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about the speaker and the road he didn\'t choose other than the road he picked. I say this because as you read the last stanza he talks about the future and how he would say this experience with a sigh. I believe he would say it with a sigh becuase after he picked the road, in the back of his head he always wonder where the other road would of took him.

| Posted on 2011-02-23 | by a guest


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the poem is about a man who couldn\'t choose a path in life and is looking for the road that will have more profit for him . okay thanks for giving me the answer i wanted . thank you !

| Posted on 2011-02-10 | by a guest


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I think this guy has it all wrong. The speaker is personified here as a traveler, plain and simple. The road less taken is not the road of most people, the road of university, of career, of a mortgage of a family. The road less taken speaks about the road taken by those who want something different, not the norm. It is the road taken by those who have the courage to break the mould and choose a life of adventure, of uncertainty. I think this poem actually speaks directly to the traveler, the one who travels instead of staying. The one who journeys instead of rooting. But maybe I just speak like this because thats how I see it, being a traveler myself. Poetry is made for this, for discussion, for self realisation and for joy. I definitely find joy in this one.

| Posted on 2011-01-21 | by a guest


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A Dedicated Work Ethic Is the Correct Path to Take
The speaker in \"The Road Not Taken\" could be reflecting the energy and excitement of a young man who stands before two roads, which could represent figuratively the edge of adulthood, to set out on his life\'s responsibilities to raise a family, possibly, and begin a career with the belief that he can do it all. (Attention Grabber). Robert Frost\'s \"The Road Not Taken\" appears to imply the speaker\'s zeal for success through self-reliant individualism: \"[I] Then took the other [road], as just as fair /And having perhaps the better claim.\" As the speaker stands before the fork, his decision on the road taken seems to reveal his fervent desire to make it a journey of quests to accomplish many moments of success. (Title, author, and summary statement). Although the speaker optimistically embraces the free will of the individual to earn success, he appears to give a hint that there is a great sacrifice put upon him to achieve fame and wealth during his lifetime (Thesis, main idea).

(Reason 1, argument)One reason that there is great sacrifice put upon the speaker in his effort to achieve success is that he will have to make, quite possibly, an enormous commitment to his craft. (Detail, fact) The speaker states: \"I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.\" (Explanation, analysis) If the speaker chooses a craft like poetry to achieve his fame and wealth, one can emphasize with him because writing poetry is one art form most people would not pursue. However, a passionate urge for the desire to write poetry would have the speaker put in many arduous hours of time in solitude, studying intellectually, observing thoughtfully, writing creatively, editing, revising, and finally publishing for success.


(Reason 2, counter argument) Certainly, the words the road less traveled could metaphorically suggest the difficulty of sacrificing personal comfort to achieve wealth, fame, and success. For most people, failure is what they will experience since the overwhelming majority will not make the sacrifice and commitment needed to achieve fame upper levels of success in their quests. (Detail, fact) The speaker appears to reveal the dilemma that he will face if he tries to do to much and loses sight of his life\'s purpose:
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
(Explanation, analysis) The speaker could be illustrating the discipline that he will mentally have to have to achieve his life objective. Most likely, he will have to work through ups and downs of the challenges that he will face without getting distracted by trying to do it all. It would seem he will have to make decisions not to get into a variety of things in life that will torment him, and instead of the speaker achieving great work in life, his achievement may at best be mediocre and unrewarding.

(Reason 3, rebuttal) However, making a commitment to a purpose in life and putting in the time to achieve success will allow the the speaker to experience the rewards of his individual sacrifice. (Detail, fact) For example, the speaker seems to reveal with a redundant and sarcastic sigh that if one has a destination for life he will be successful; however, the speaker\'s sigh may reflect the torment that he experienced in his ambitious pursuit of his life\'s purpose. Thus, one must prepare for the difficulty that lies ahead and adapt a plan to his determination, so the goal to achieve success will always have clarity in it:
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
(Explanation, analysis) Even though the speaker chose a path that was equal to the one he did not take, what made all the difference was that he made the decision to begin his life\'s journey with a purpose. We can imply that the heroic speaker metaphorically took the road less traveled because he entered the world of adulthood with a desire and determination to take on a purposeful quest, and, we can assume enduring the hardships to fulfill his purpose with perseverance and sacrifice to successfully accomplish his quests without literally or figurative figuratively getting knocked off them.

(Conclusion) (What have I learned): Therefore, the speaker illustrates the challenges that he faces to live successfully as he tries to fulfill his life\'s purpose. The road he chose became meaningful to him because he accepted a purposeful quest. He challenged himself to earn fame, wealth, and success as he overcame the obstacles and grew up on the journey, solving the problems that confronted him on the road to earn honor and glory at the end of his quests.

| Posted on 2011-01-18 | by a guest




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