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Running Head: Two Paths 1 Two Similar Paths Harold Jackson, Jr. Eng125: Introduction To Literature February 7, 2011
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Two Paths 2 The short stories entitled A Worn Path by Eudora Welty and The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost are extremely opposites in many different aspects however they can have somewhat of a similar meaning. They were both written twenty years apart. Either piece of literature has a long list of characters. A Worn Path’s main focus is about a black woman in the year of 1941. The journeys that are characterized in these writings are symbolic of some meaningful lifelong precedence that one should adhere to. I intend to show that these to paths may not cross one another but they do symbolize hope and promise is at the end of the journey. In The Road Not Taken, roads in the woods and forks in roads symbolize crises and decisions. Similar forks symbolize for us the center of free will and fate. (Frost, 1916) We are free to choose, but we do not really know beforehand what we are choosing between. Our direction is determined by a choice and it is impossible to separate the two. This poem does not advise. It does not say, “When you come to a fork in the road, study the footprints and take the
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