Symbolism of the Journey
English 125 Introduction to Literature
August 20, 2012
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Short Stories and Poetry are written differently and have their own stories that are being told to the readers. The authors of the short stories and poetry are to telling their stories in their own style of rhythm, characterization, and fictional setting that will be used for their narrative. With the author telling their short story and poetry in their own style the readers is able use their imagination to visualize what the author is saying through symbolism and descriptive language. In the two literary pieces “The Road not taken” ...view middle of the document...
“A Worn Path” is about a” woman named with a hair tied in a red rag that walking down a path through pinewoods. The woman is walking down the path to get her grandson medicine. (A
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Worn Path (1941) the author this short story in third person with the continually use of the word “she” throughout the short story. With the author narrative I was able to imagine the old lady women walking alone in a wooded area and talking to the wild animals and a line I the story was able to confirm what I was getting image of as I reading. The line from the play said “ Out of my way , all you foxes, owls, battles, jack rabbits coons and all wild animals” ( Clugston 2010) Because of characterization in the story I felt the women was a strong independent women that was on a mission. Also the story mentioned “the path ran uphill” this was a representation of the women struggles in her journey. Basically the difference in this kind solitude of the literary pieces was affected by the choices that the character’s made in the poem and short story.
The plot and setting of a short story or poem are one of the biggest considerations of an author because it can be an influence on readers interest they many have with the literary piece. For example in the poem “ The Road Not Taken” from the title the reader already can tell that there is going to be some type of conflict in the poem. In fact the first line in the poem is “Two roads diverged in yellow” (Clugston 2010) made me think as the reader where the tow paths can take me in the journey I have taken in my life. Since the poem was written in first person I was able to follow and relate to the poem. Frost’s writing allows the readers to see his perspective on things for example when we was description of the roads in the poem “To where it bent in the undergrowth” and” Because it was grassy and wanted wear” (Clugston 2010) These description of the roads made it clear enough for the readers to gain an vision that the two paths were physically different but are still leading in the same direction. The description also severed as the symbolism for the characters connection to something special.
The poems are filled with symbolism since it one of its features. For example the word color” yellow” from “The Road Not Taken” (Clugston (2010) could mean the aging of an item that could be losing their meaning or value. The tow roads in the poem could mean a dilemma or conflicting ideas that the character id dealing with in their life. This could be referring to a decision that the character is trying to make in the poem. I feel that frost is trying to imply that the character is torn between too difficult decisions that have to make to take the journey in his life. Another example of the symbolism being used in the poem to describe the two roads is “In leaves no step had trodden black” (Clugston 2010). The word “black” could be associated to death of the something or someone in the...