Analysis of Novels The Road Not Taken and I Killed Adolf Hitler

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The Road Not Taken is one of Robert Frosts most famous poems. The imagery he creates is wonderful, and the pace and rhyming scheme make it pleasant to read and to listen to. Deeper than that, this poem is about decision making, and how the choices you make will always lead to an outcome. Frost is pointing out that whether or not the choice you make is good or bad, your choices are what make all the difference.

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The poem begins with a decision that the narrator is confronted with, described in the form of two diverging roads. The narrator is sorry I could not travel both, which indicates that it is a tough decision, and he wishes that he could go both ways. He looked down one as far as I could, and then took the other, as just as fair. This shows that he is studying both options out in his mind. The narrator goes on to say that the passing there had worn them really about the same. This shows that the choices he had to choose from had seemingly the same outcome .In every choice we make; there are multiple factors and variables that must be taken into account.

The narrator goes on to say that both roads lay equally in leaves no step had trodden black, which shows that no one else had made the decision, so he had no steps to follow. The first road he had looked down as far as he could, and the second was grassy and wanted wear. This shows that even though he could see further down one road, or that one choice seemed more obvious to him, that the second one wanted wear, meaning that it was the road he felt he should take. Its almost as if the roads were making the decision for him. This can happen to us in our own decision making. We can see all of the factors in one decision, yet; somehow we know that we should go the other direction. So, he kept the first for another day. This is where he actively makes his choice. He chooses to take the grassier road, and decides that he will come back and take the other road another day. But, as we all know, once we make a choice we can never go back and undo it. The narrator knows this, and he says, Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. As much as he, or anyone, wants to go back and try both roads, he knows that it would be impossible. He would already have the experiences from the road he chose, so even if he went back and tried it out just to see what might have happened, he would never really know.

He goes on to wrap up his journey by saying I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence. I see this as the narrator being a relatively young man speaking with wisdom beyond his years. Here he is, at a crossroads in his life, already knowing that whichever decision he makes will affect his life in a way that he cant take back. It seems like such an obvious thing, but sometimes it can be easily forgotten and we think that our choices dont really have that much of an impact. This is apparent in the people of my generation today. All you have to do is turn on essentially any reality TV show and you can see decision making at its worst.

Our narrator, however, knows that the choice he makes does have an impact. He doesnt say this directly, but the fact that hes standing in the woods thinking about what might happen in either direction shows us this .Then we come to the most quoted part of this poem: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. At first, our gut reaction is to think that he made the right decision. This is not stated anywhere, and I do not think that is how these lines were intended to be interpreted. He only says that the road he chose has made all the difference. Whether or not the choice was right or wrong, good or bad, is irrelevant. The point hes making is that the choice he made set him in the direction that has made him who he is. From the first choice to take that road, he has been faced with choice upon choice upon choice, which has brought him to where he is, or where he will be, later on in life. Beyond the light feeling of this poem beyond the happiness an individual might feel as they reach the end of this poem lays the simple truth that our choices directly correlate with the person we become.


This is a full color 2007 graphic novel by Norwegian writer and artist Jason. It is an amusing, uniquely touching tale of love and obligation and is set in a very violent world. He postulates and brings into existence a world which is so violent and there are contract killers; murder for hire is legal profession. These are hired to kill and do away with scumbags, coworkers, bad disruptive neighbors, dysfunctional relatives or anyone whom you hold a personal vendetta against. Their services are highly required and in demand. One such killer is hired to kill Adolf Hitler. He is the main character and is hired by a scientist to take on that very challenging task. The scientist has developed a time machine which can go back into the past. All the assassin has to do is to step into the machine and push one button. He is then going to appear before Hitler, shoot him, then repeat the trip back home.

It is a task that appears to be relatively simple enough but things go terribly wrong. He is overpowered by Hitlers guard and he (Hitler) sends himself the present world as Fuhrer (Fuhrer in the plot of I Killed Adolf Hitler is merely utilitarian, one of the most frightening men of the twentieth century reduced to a caricature running off panel). The killer is left stranded in the past. Arriving in the present world, Hitler is again met by the killer again who is now seventy years older (He has developed wrinkles upon his brows and his eyes are likened to those of a dog). He decides to team up with his girlfriend, who is relatively younger, in tracking down Hitler. The end result is a missing dictator, a disappointed scientist who was the client and finally a man out of time who is returned to the life he knew once before but he is now much older, tired and exhausted.

At this point, the book delves into the territory of Jason and here he slows down his sense of humor, which is wickedly dry and minimal. For long patches nothing absolutely happens, but then no one makes nothing to be as entertaining as Jason does because finally, when the reader is almost losing track of it all, Jason brings it together with a shocking, perfectly logical, unexpected climax and this is able to solve a mystery from the start (beginning) of the book that the reader had almost quite forgotten. The novel is rendered in a crisp deadpan neo clear line style and is supplemented by lovely, understanding coloring which reflect back the aged nature of the assassin who faced the task of coming back home the hard way.

In this novel, there is a psychology to depicting tough emotional content. There is a built in affection between the assassin and his girlfriend that permeates every level. Jasons art is adorable and moody. There is also a sense of silence throughout the novel and this helps in reflecting back on the idea of distance travelled through time and also the emotional distance between the assassin and his girlfriend. Jason uses witty or at times simple functional dialogues. He does not use captions or thought bubbles. He also uses advanced sense of body language and posture

I Killed Adolf Hitler is more of a love story between two people who may not like each other, but grow to a fondness that may simulate need.

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