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#14 - underwaterbasket
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(12/14/2012) [-]
Ok so,
Path 1: You go through life blowing all your cash, get STDs from some Brazilian chick, dump her because you got STDs from her. Go back to the U.S., don't have a good education so you work kitchen staff at some lower end restaurant. You meet a cute girl, things are going well. Boom, you find out the STD makes it so you can't have kids. You live with her and your dog and you tell yourself you guys are happy.

Path 2: You get a good college education, make tons of money, marry, have kids, raise kids, have a lot of money to blow in your retirement.

Man, life choices are hard.
#140 to #14 - swiftykidd **User deleted account**
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#124 to #14 - danniegurl
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(12/14/2012) [-]
or perhaps he became a successful chef and found two loves in his lifetime?
#23 to #14 - Sylphion
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(12/14/2012) [-]
You're a real basket of sunshine, aren't you?
#20 - TheGabba
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(12/14/2012) [-]
Smiling while studying - right.
#22 to #20 - Sylphion
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(12/14/2012) [-]
He seems Asian, that's probably why
#172 to #20 - bacchus
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(12/14/2012) [-]
I wouldn't be smiling here either. I'd be tired as ****
#81 to #20 - Forfunaccount
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(12/14/2012) [-]
Well, he CHOSE to go to school over having a life of traveling, so obviously he enjoys learning.
#38 to #20 - EdwardNigma
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(12/14/2012) [-]
What if he is studying something fascinating?
Or came across a picture with naked chicks in it?
#1 - adirtysmuggler
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(12/14/2012) [-]
I'd take the right path. :D
#9 to #1 - adirtysmuggler
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(12/14/2012) [-]
...I don't see why my comment's getting downthumbed but whatever.
#2 to #1 - adirtysmuggler
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(12/14/2012) [-]
As in the one on the right, not the "correct" one.

Blue. The blue path


Yeah.
#4 to #2 - heartlessrobot
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(12/14/2012) [-]
***** that's green.
#5 to #4 - adirtysmuggler
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(12/14/2012) [-]
You right, you right. I wasn't looking at the picture when I wrote that comment, I was going off of (incorrect) memory. Haha
#10 to #4 - astickywhale
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(12/14/2012) [-]
Thats Teal motha ***** Learn yo ****!
#138 - bdowns
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(12/14/2012) [-]
**bdowns rolled a random image posted in comment #1 at Fresh Prince of Bal Air feels.. **
#193 to #138 - lamarisagoodname
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(12/14/2012) [-]
Flawless
#54 - willysbilly
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#65 to #54 - anon
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(12/14/2012) [-]
Actually, you're the one who's wrong. The poem does not tell anyone to take the less traveled road (which doesn't actually exist: "had worn them really about the same"). The message is actually that there is no right path; there aren't right choices, just the chosen and unchosen options.
#68 to #65 - willysbilly
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#83 to #68 - Forfunaccount
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(12/14/2012) [-]
The isn't a "correct" analysis to a poem.
These Zenpencils aren't to show the story of the poem, they're to influence people to do great things.
But you said the comic is saying that we do end up in the same place, but the only same thing in the end is the person. You take either path, you grow old, no matter what. But the blue path leads to a life of riches, as indicated by how rich the man seems to be in the end compared to the red path. The red path leads to adventure, which wouldn't get you much money, which is why he's only wearing casual clothing and sitting in a typical chair. So the comic is saying you'll grow old, but with different thoughts, and material goods depending on the path.
Just open your mind a little. No need to make a huge deal over the fact that the comic doesn't match the poem the way you want it to. These comics are for inspiration, not for poem and quote analysis.
#75 to #68 - koi
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(12/14/2012) [-]
exactly.
#78 to #54 - anon
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(12/14/2012) [-]
The fact that this has more green than red proves fj community is full of idiots. Frost himself has said this is a wrong interpretation. You don't even have to read in between the lines to know the meaning of the poem. "the other, just as fair." both roads are the same, yet when we look back, we like to imagine it was the path less traveled.

If you really want to think about it, it's actually the path most traveled by because you went down it and not the other one. All of those paths you did not take, remain forever unworn.
#84 to #54 - anon
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(12/14/2012) [-]
You shouldn't only consider what the author meant by the poem; you should consider what YOU think it means. Only then will you truly understand poetry.
#88 to #54 - pawnman
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(12/14/2012) [-]
I thought it would be better to take what you want from poems and songs. As long as you enjoyed it.
#108 to #54 - adammorgan
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(12/14/2012) [-]
I don't exactly like the pictures either, but you gotta realize these two paths are almost exactly the same! When he describes one, he contradicts the other.he's trying to say that there isn't one set path to happiness. That there is no true way to find joy no matter where their choices take them. Comment #56 said this as well.
#85 to #54 - hybredmoon
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(12/14/2012) [-]
What the author wrote: "The curtains were blue."

What you think it means: The curtains represent his deep sense of despair and lack of will to carry on.

What the author meant: The curtains were ******* blue.
#96 to #85 - sorrowofdaedalus
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(12/14/2012) [-]
Believe it or not, Symbolism is actually a thing, and Robert Frost used it all the time.
#119 to #54 - yojo
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(12/14/2012) [-]
We analyzed the **** out of this poem in my AP English class, and pretty much everyone agrees with anon's comment.
#98 to #54 - brandonthebeast
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(12/14/2012) [-]
Your interpretation is limited to high school literature class, where both students and teachers frequently misinterpret the poem. Many incorrectly see it as an emblem of America's individualist spirit of adventure in choosing the path "less traveled by". But if you look at the narrator's perception during his moment of choice, whatever difference the choice might have made, it was not made on the basis of a discerned difference between the two paths that he could see. Indeed he even notes that the two paths were equally worn and equally leaf-covered, and it is only in his future recollection that he will call one of the two roads, the one he took, "less traveled by." Thus the poem is about the human tendency to look back and attribute blame to minor events in one's life, or to make more meaning of things than they deserve, which the illustrator has adequately captured in portraying the fact that no matter what path you take, you'll essentially end up the same.

And not to be arrogant, but this modern critical interpretation is almost undeniably correct. Robert Frost himself even wrote in a letter that "It was my rather private jest at the expense of those who might think I would yet live to be sorry for the way I had taken in life." In the words of Eleanor Sickels, the poem is about "the human tendency to wobble illogically in decision and later to assume that the decision was, after all, logical and enormously important, but forever to tell of it 'with a sigh' as depriving the speaker of who-knows-what interesting experience." So no, it's not telling people to live life to the fullest by choosing a more unique path, it's satire performed with brilliant irony. Sorry for the rant, but I don't very much appreciate ignorance being spread around and accepted.

Source: Wikipedia
#179 - hotgog
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(12/14/2012) [-]
If anyone doesn't get it, It's saying that the obvious choice is the University path because you end up with a nicer chair

>pic unrelated
#187 to #179 - adirtysmuggler
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(12/14/2012) [-]
And a lineage.
#28 - vigorion
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(12/14/2012) [-]
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.   
And sorry I could not travel both...   
I stared to the ground for a bit, and stood   
undecicive as any gamer would   
knowing the outside is what i loath.   
   
I looked around the forest scene.   
The sky, a bright blue dome,   
ontop a wondrous sea of green!     
I then recall my computer screen.   
   
**** outdoors,   
I'm going home.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.
And sorry I could not travel both...
I stared to the ground for a bit, and stood
undecicive as any gamer would
knowing the outside is what i loath.

I looked around the forest scene.
The sky, a bright blue dome,
ontop a wondrous sea of green!
I then recall my computer screen.

**** outdoors,
I'm going home.
#29 to #28 - roflplane
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#161 - datgermanguy
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(12/14/2012) [-]
So basically it isn't important which road in life you choose, it is important to walk it till the end without regrets.
#152 - plainarcane **User deleted account**
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(12/14/2012) [-]
They never explain how he gets work as a chef. Nobody gets hired as a chef without a degree in culinary art. That's the big problem with this little comic strip. You don't just move to another country and get a good paying job without a college degree.
#159 to #152 - trojandetected
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(12/14/2012) [-]
There more chilled in other countries besides he could be in a kfc for all we know,
#158 to #152 - lolsrsslybro
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(12/14/2012) [-]
never knew buzzkillington had an FJ account.
#166 to #158 - zdshdci
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#207 - theotherchosenone
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(12/14/2012) [-]
This actually completely misses the point/theme of the poem. It's not about the fact life can have 2 choices and either one is acceptable, it's about making a choice that no one else has made, or no one else has done. It is about making a unique decision and getting rewarded in life for your individuality in making a choice.
#220 to #207 - Siphus
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(12/14/2012) [-]
Actually its not. The very first few lines make it blatantly obvious that both paths are equally trodden.... aka: there is no less traveled path.

What hes saying is that in the future, he'll let out a sigh (a sign of dishonesty) as he tells the story of how he blazed his own trail, even though its complete ********. The poem is actually a story about being completely ordinary.
#228 to #220 - iputsomeusername
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(12/15/2012) [-]
I wrote basically the same thing as you, sorry for writing later. It takes me a while to formulate my thoughts etc. so I hadn't seen your comment, when I started typing. :)
#226 to #207 - iputsomeusername
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(12/15/2012) [-]
I disagree. haven't read this poem before, nor worked with it when I attended high school english classes, so yeah... But I believe it is about a grown up admitting that even though he is telling his children (or grandchildren) he once made the smart decision (road less traveled by), he himself knows that he back then in his youth did not know, which path was the wisest. My main argument for this, is that Frost in the beginning lays great emphasis on stating that the roads seem equal, when the character inspects them in the woods. Also, that the character sighs while speaking of his decision = He knows he is lying in stating that the choice was easy etc.
#241 to #207 - anon
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(12/15/2012) [-]
This actually shows the point of the poem exactly. It means that no matter which road you take, as long as you follow it thoroughly and faithfully, you will be rewarded.
#212 to #207 - neutralgray
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(12/14/2012) [-]
That's probably about the 17th "real" interpretation that has been in the comments.