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Compare and Contrast Literary pieces
There is a story in every written piece of work whether it is a story or a poem. Every writer catches the attention of their readers. They do this through the role of characterization, rhyme, tone, and several other things. The way the story is written we have to use our imagination to understand what the writer is trying to tell us. By using our imagination we are able to visualize what they are writing about. The story “The road not taken” by Robert Frost and “A worn path” by Eudora Welty there is a common theme. We are the ones that determine the ending in our journeys through life, no matter what that journey may be. In this paper I will compare and contrast these two literary works.
Each story has a different way to present the journey that is being told. Robert Frost told me there was a journey to be taken when he stated “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood”. He also told me which path he had chose when he stated “sorry I could not travel both”. I pictured Frost alone in his journey because of the usage of “I” multiple times. The story “A worn path” made me feel she was taking her journey alone because of the usage of “she”. I got the feeling of being lonely based on the sentence “Out of my way, all you foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons and wild animals”. I felt the only thing she had to speak to was animals. She was taking a path uphill which used symbolism. This made me feel that she had a rough, hard life. Going uphill to get to where we need to be in life is a hard way to do it. I felt sad for this woman because of the sentences “eyes were blue with age” and “Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles”. The sentences told me she was old and I felt sorry for her having to take the hard road to her destination. Both pieces of work show that loneliness is present. Just as in life because of the choices the characters make and the path they choose leads to different endings in both stories.
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What causes the reader to pay attention to the story is the setting. The first story that I chose to read was “The road not taken” because I found myself wondering about each path that he stated about in the first line “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood”. This story is written in first person because of the word “I” used consistently through the story. The line that actually allowed me to step into the writers shoes was “and be one traveler long I stand”. When I feel like I am in the story I enjoy the story more. He wrote about both paths. One path he said “was grassy and wanted wear” and the other path “bent in the undergrowth”. These two sentences about the paths made me feel like I was in the story. I was able to picture a fork in the woods with two different paths that lead to different places.
“The road not taken” had many forms of symbolism. The sentence “Two roads diverged” could mean many different things. It could mean two of any choice one person could make. The word “yellow” means aging or decay. This word used in the story made me feel that maybe Frost was old or getting old and he may have felt he needed a change in his life. He had two choices to choose from. He was already on one path but was unsure where he was going to end up if he continued on that path. He came upon another path that was green and grassy. That paths ending was unknown as well. Frost quoted “in leaves no step had trodden black”. This was how he referred to the paths. When he spoke of the word “black” when speaking of the paths he was using symbolism. The word black means death. In this story he was looking at his choices. He seemed to wonder if the one path was green and grassy why it was that way. Did the people either not choose that path or did they not come back on that path? One thing he did know was both paths would follow fate which was death. Frost made a turning point in the poem where he actually made up his mind on what choice to make. In the poem he ended up in “a wood” instead of in front of two paths “in a yellow wood”. He ended the story in “a wood” and “on the first for another day”. John Savoie stated, “The contradiction lies within the idea that both paths were “equally lay” but Frost chose to take the path of least resistance which indeed is arguable as there is “lack of distinction between the roads”. (Savoie, 2004) He determined his journey with the decisions he made even though his journey was a lonely one.
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The story “A worn path” was in third person. It makes the reader feel as if they are in the woods with her. That is what draws a reader in. the setting in this story is in the woods on a path. The story started out “It was December – a bright frozen day early in the morning”. To me the worst time of the year is winter. The description of the setting that Welty gave made me want to keep reading to find out what happens on that “bright frozen day”. James Robert Saunders, a Journal writer, stated “The story begins conspicuously on a cold December morning, and just as quickly we are made aware that there is an old black woman”. (Saunders, 1992) As I read father into the story I found the use of “she”, which is singular, throughout the story. The word “she” was referring to “an old negro woman””along a path through the pinewoods”. The way she was described in this story was “she was very old and small” and “walked slowly”. When I thought that this little old lady was walking alone in the woods made me feel sad for her. The old lady’s name was Phoenix Jackson and she always carried a cane “made from an umbrella”. The setting started out exciting but quickly changed to sad. She was walking through the woods alone with nothing but a cane that she used to move the brush around with.
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She moved the brush around to make sure there were no animals in it. Welty had stated “The sun made the pine needles almost to bright to look at, up where the wind rocked”. This statement made me feel happy again. The setting had changed from happy and exciting to sad and back to happy and exciting again. Then as I read more she ended up in another battle. “Before she got to the bottom of the hill a bush caught her dress” this made me sad again. After reading about this battle she stated “sun so high” which gave me a better outlook. There were more and more obstacles in her journey. She chose to continue on though. The part of the story that made me feel the worst was when the guy asked her “Doesn’t the gun scare you” and she replied “No sir, I seen plenty go off closer by, in my day, and for less than what I done”.
What made this story most attractive was the personal feeling you got the tone of the story, and the symbolism within the story. Symbolism in this story gives you a better look and feeling of what the writer is saying. This story is written in third person. It starts out being a “bright frozen” morning. This made me feel like it was going to be a happy story. In this story there was only one path for her to choose from. The symbolism that was used to describe her eyes was blue. This makes me feel peaceful. They described her faces as being golden and yellow which makes me feel she has perfection but is aging. When Welty described her forehead she said “Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles and as though a whole little tree stood in the middle of her forehead”. This creates a picture in my mind of wrinkles spreading both ways on her forehead. She walked on her path with the “sun” and cold. The symbolism of sun is life source. When she described the weather was “frozen”. This tells me it is winter outside. The symbolism of winter is death. Understanding this made me feel maybe she was dying but fighting hard to stay alive. To describe this to me Welty talked about throughout the story of her passing through fields, crossing creeks and logs, imagining people and several other hurdles on her journey. She started dancing with a scarecrow. A scarecrow is supposed to scare away birds. A scarecrow also symbolizes death. That just means she was willing to dance with death and fight to stay alive.
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Through her while journey she continued to fight to stay alive. This told me that she was a strong willed woman. The path lead her through “trees silver in their dead leaves” it represented to me that death was coming. About time it appeared she was going to die she finds herself at a spring of “sweet gum”. This brought me to believe she had another chance at life. Later in the story she lay on the ground and had a dream. She dreamt she held her hand up but no one gave her a pull. This told me it was not her time to go. God did not need her yet. The hunter then came along and helped her up. He felt sorry for her. I understood this through him telling her he would give her money if he had some. Once she reached town she asked a lady to tie her shoe. This told me she still had her self respect. The reason she had traveled to the medical center was for the love of her grandson.
Both of these literary pieces were different. The ending was different in both. “The road not taken” was a journey made by one person about which path he should take in life. Should he take the one known or unknown? “A worn path” was a journey that was taken for love. This is a journey that teaches us love will defeat all. Both journeys taught me lessons in life. We are the ones that make our journey the way it is because of the decision we make in life.
Frost, R. (1916).
The road not taken. Mountain interval. New York: Holt.
Welty, E. (1969).
Aworn path. A curtain of green and other stories. New York:
Doubleday. (original work published 1941)
Savoie, J. (2004).
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taken”. The new England quarterly, 77(1), Retrieved from
Saunders, J. (1992).
“A worn path”: the eternal quest of welty’s phoenix Jackson. The
southern Literary Journal, 25(1), Retreived from
Clugston, R. W. (2010).
Journey into literature. San Diego, California: Bridgepoint
Education, Inc. (https://content.ashford.edu/books)