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Running head: Symbolism Symbolism of the Journey Lashanna Farmer ENG 125 Michelle Pinkard June 27, 2011 1
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Running head: Symbolism Symbolism of the Journey Whether we are reading a poem or a short story, there is a story to be found within. The writer is able to capture readers with their use of rhythm or characterization, among many other things throughout their writing. It is imagination that allows us, the readers of these stories and poems; to be able to fill in the blanks or visualize what the writer wants us to see through use of descriptive words or symbolism. In the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, and the short story “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty I noticed a common theme. No matter what lonely journey we find ourselves in, we determine how the journey ends. The lonely journey that each of these literary pieces tells about is presented differently in each writing. In “The Road Not Taken”, Frost used “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” which told us that there was a forthcoming journey; he also used “and sorry I could not travel both” as a way to share that he had to make this decision of which path to take. Frost also used the word “I” many times, which allowed us to imagine him alone. In “A Worn Path”, Welty used the word “she” throughout the piece which gave me the image of this woman walking alone. The character spoke to animals “’Out of my way, all you foxes, owls, beetles’” and so forth. When the writer posed this conversation in the story, it gave me the feeling of loneliness. This woman was so lonely, she spoke to animals. The path that she was walking “ran up hill”. The idea that this path she was on was up a hill provided symbolism of a hard life. To me, walking up a hill would be hard work to get to the destination. Since the description of this woman had been of an aged woman, “her eyes blue with age” and her numberless branching wrinkles, it was a pity to find this woman walking alone up hill. In each piece of literary writing being discussed in 2
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Running head: Symbolism this paper, the loneliness throughout the journey is clear. However, the ending to the journeys vary because of the choices the characters make. The setting of a story or poem is what draws the reader in. As I reading “The Road Not Taken First”. The reason was that it started out with almost a conflict of where the poem could go. With the first line being “Two roads diverged in yellow wood”, I found myself wondering where the pathways would take me. As the poem began, I found it to be written in first person sine the writer used “I” as the main character term. Frost wrote “and be one traveler, long I stood”. This enabled me to actually step into the characters’, or the writer’s, shoes and see these pathways from his perspective. I like being able to feel as if I am in the story. Frost wrote about one path that it he could see where it “bent in the undergrowth”. He went on that the other path “was grassy and
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This note was uploaded on 08/15/2011 for the course ENG 125 taught by Professor O'donnell during the Spring '09 term at Ashford University.

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