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Journey Running Head: Compare/ Contrast Journey Through Literature Kassandra Ogles Eng 125 Instructor Makhanlall Sept 26, 2011
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Journey No matter what type of story we are reading there is always something to be found if you look a little deeper. The writer is able to bring readers in with the use of rhythm, characterization, or setting, 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 mentally visualize what the writer wants us to see through use of descriptive words or symbolism. In the the story “Used To Live Here Once” by Jean Rhys and the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, I recognized a similar theme; It doesn’t matter what we are doing in life or where our journey is taking us, everyone has the opportunity to choose their own destiny. Don’t be fooled by the comparing theme, these stories are very different when it comes to symbolism and also in the way that they were written. The theme in each of these works is much the same, but it is presented in very different ways. In “I Used To Live Here Once” by Jean Rhys, this woman in the story was in this journey alone. The author in this story explains of a woman who is alone and reflecting on her life. In each piece of literary writing being discussed in this paper, the loneliness throughout the journey is clear. However, the ending to the journeys vary because of the choices the characters make.“The Road Not Taken”, Frost used “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” which told me that he was on a journey; he also used “and sorry I could not travel both” as a way to tell the audience that he had to make the decision of which path to take. The author did not speak of anyone traveling with the subject, which lead me to the conclusion that he was traveling alone. A story’s setting also affects the kind of engagement that the readers will have with the story. An illustration would be the title of the Road Not Taken. From the title itself, the reader can already sense the conflict in the poem. In fact, the first line of the poem “two roads diverged in yellow wood” made me wonder as a reader where the two roads could possibly lead me. Also,
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Journey the first person narrative of the poem makes it easier for a reader to relate to it, put myself into the story and character because of the more personal approach. Frost’s writing allows the reader to take his perspective on things, for instance his description of a certain path “where it bent in the undergrowth” and “grassy and wanted wear”. These descriptions made it clear enough for the readers that there are two distinct paths but are both leading to the same destination. Another interpretation for this is a person’s attachment to something that is special for him. Poetry is definitely filled with symbolisms since it is one of its features. For example, the
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