Compair and Contrast: Birches, the Road Not Taken and Into the Wild

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"The Road Not Taken" and "Birches" are two poems by Robert Frost seemingly inspired by nature. Robert Frost was a poet who lived from 1874 to 1963. His poems can be related to the book Into the Wild. Into the Wild is a story about the life and death of Chris McCandles covered by Jon Krakaur who is somewhat of a nature enthusiast himself.
In "The Road not Taken" Frost talks about a fork in the road and seeing that he is only one person he has to choose one path over the other, after thinking for a long time he decides to take the one that looks more worn out. This shows his adventurous nature. Later thinking back he says that both paths "had worn..really about the same" but says if he were to tell the story again he'd claim with a sigh
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"McCandless could endeavor to explain that he answered to statutes of a higher order- that as a latter day adherent of Henry David Thoreau, he took gospel the essay "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" and thus considered it his moral responsibility to flout the laws of the state." I think this is where Chris's story can be controversial on his opinion of nature. Sure he liked it, who would camp out and enjoy the concept of living off the land if you didn't have some sort of affinity for nature. And he definitely had an adventurous spirit like Frost did. But the extent onto which Chris felt uplifted or spiritual or poetic is unknown. He didn't leave evidence behind that would say so. The only thing I can think of is when he was happy at accomplishing a task such as when crossed the border "..his entry of Mexico is either unnoticed or ignored. Alexander is jubilant!" or when he climbed a mountain during his alaskan stay "CLIMB MOUNTAIN!" or killed a moose"MOOSE!". The entries applaud his independence in a 3rd-person kind of way but they don't get all sappy or poetic just euphoric and applied to weather he is like Frost I'd say no. Even though some of his actions went out of his way to get a more one-on-one experience with nature, I think he wanted to make things more difficult so he felt like he was really working to accomplish each challenge he created. In "Birches" Frost talks as