Following the right path that leads to a better future in career, relationships, or any other important aspect of human life is usually a challenge, bur everyone can determine their own future with the kind of choices they make in life (Dapice12). Human actions usually have consequences. Many young people today are in need of guidance towards a better future.
The choices people make can help them realize their vision and missions in life. It is not usually possible to predict which path that may produce better outcomes, but a focused individual can use the weakest point in life to his advantage. Nevertheless, there are several people who are often afraid of following directions they are supposed to take. As a result, they end up not achieving whatever they need in life. Still, more people, especially the youth fear trying out new ideas or following certain paths that are least trodden by individuals. Due to this, they may end up making wrong decisions in life. Every choice that one makes must come to pass, whether good or bad. Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and “Happy Endings” by Margaret Atwood offer a common denominator to the consequences of the choices made by individuals. Before delving deeply into the two masterpieces, a close analysis of these works would suffice.
“The Road Not Taken” is one of the most popular poems by Robert Frost that contains an iambic rhythm with regular pattern. The poem deploys symbolism to expound on the thematic concern-that there reaches a point in time when an individual has to choose between two different directions in life, with one of the paths bearing certainties or uncertainties. Similar to the experience Frost goes through while determining the right path; one is bound to get confused on which way to follow that can lead to a better future. The technical aspect is that it is almost impossible to follow to ways simultaneously in many circumstances due to limited resources, doubts, fear, lack of experience and doubts that come with such choices. In Frost’s poem, the first and the beginning of the second stanza argue that one road usually seems preferable, and although he weighs options and comes to a conviction that both paths are roughly equivalent, it is worth mentioning that the dilemma that the persona goes through is a true reflection of the kind of confusion that grips individuals when making decisions concerning their future lives. As is often the case, there are certain choices that may be enticing to an individual, but they are short-lived. Frost pauses at a juncture to consider the path he took (Frost 29). In reality, before making choices in life, it is imperative to consider the pros and cons of the decisions so that one does not end up regretting. On the other hand, a person should not always regret about decisions made, otherwise, it may be difficult to realize a future dream. It is also important to bear in mind that certain paths chosen may be risky and are likely to lead to regrets, but one can remain positive despite the prevailing circumstances and turn a negative situation to a positive one.
Conversely, Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings” portrays a metafiction in which the author makes a parody of the narrative conventions and draws attention to the superficiality of a literary work. Atwood proposes a simple plot, breaking up the story into six main plots as she offers concluding remarks. The structure of the plot helps to demonstrate that it may not matter what happens to the two main characters, but what is generally learnt is that no matter the direction characters such as John and Mary take, they ultimately die. She presents the conclusion of the statement as if suggesting that what happens within a given plot may not be as important as why it happens.
Happy Endings generally questions the point of life and Atwood appropriates the end of every character the same way. The stories are carried towards a logical conclusion since human beings must die. However, Atwood believes that what is usually important is the quality of life one leads and the legacy left behind, and not necessarily how one dies because death is a common denominator for everyone on earth. A person’s future is determined by the goals he sets while he still has the energy and chance to do so. It may not matter the kind of resources one has. With determination, right attitude and discipline, people can be rest assured of attaining their dreams. Atwood’s story, Happy Ending is a reflection of her belief that the choices made today will eventually determine the outcome of the future goals because everything hoped for must come to pass, either in a good way or a bad one.
Although all the narrations within Atwood’s Happy Endings are similar in that they end the same way, she creates different variations of the same story by showing that human actions and spoken words can have great impact in other people’s lives. Moreover, Atwood seems to suggest that there is need for people to cultivate a state of life where there is happiness at the end of a struggle. A better life in the future majorly depends on the sacrifices that are created today. There are people regretting today because of the choices they made in life. There are also others who were not sure of the outcome of their choices, but they are leading a happy life. While it is sometimes assumed that everyone’s future is predetermined, the reality is that one only becomes a product of the path they chose yesterday. Since Atwood’s main theme in the Happy Endings is that the end of humankind is often tedious and less important, people can learn from what happens to the characters in the story with regard to how they spend their lives before they eventually die. It is everybody’s responsibility to determine their own future through their actions. This explains why in one scenario, John is oafish and insensitive to Mary, making the latter to commit suicide as a result of his behavior (Atwood 487). This shows that death is the ultimate end of human self-contained episodes. Atwood’s Happy Endings and Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken have certain semblance with respect to determining one’s future in that while pursuing their dreams, young people are always deluded by mere fantasy. This does not only relate to the nature of career they pursue, but also by the kind of family they would wish to have. Since choosing the right spouse is crucial for every person, many young people consider material possessions a priority rather than someone who will give them the happiness they deserve. As a result, they end up leading a frustrated life as seen through characters in Atwood’s story. For instance, inside John, Mary thinks that there is another John who is nicer and kindhearted. Although John does not portray signs of changing his behaviors, Mary is convinced that maybe, he will change someday.
In conclusion, Atwood’s Happy Endings and Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken have common features in terms of determining one’s future. There are those that regret a life they have led in their death bed while others may look back and appreciate the path they decided to follow. However, this does not stop their destiny from coming to pass. In Frost’s situation, a person may either end up celebrating his achievement or become miserable over his earlier choice, while in Atwood’s masterpiece the legacy left behind is much more important than the fact that everyone has to die. She stresses on the fact that people should aspire to have a happy ending in their lives by being sensitive to every action they take. As opposed to Frost’s novel that lays emphasis on choosing the right path that leads o a better future, Atwood’s short story seems to argue that the true worth of human beings does not depend on the outward appearance or the position that one holds, rather, it derives from the breath of an individual’s spirit. In selecting a path that determines one’s brighter future, faith and conviction are paramount. At one time one may feel completely off the road because of discouragements that come along, but with confidence and positivity, nothing can thwart a warrior’s dream.