He does not want to travel down a road already laid out for him, knowing what is in store for him.
Self-reliance in “The Road Not Taken” is alluringly embodied in the outcome of the poem from which the entire course of life is anonymously and irreversibly chosen. The decisions we make in life, like the traveler in “The Road Not Taken”, are not to be taken lightly.
However, these lines make it clear the roads are equally traveled and the road not taken is the one the traveler chooses not to take, not the road less traveled by others.
The road less traveled by “was grassy and wanted wear” (8), but at the same time, worn “really about the same” (10).
The diverging roads are symbolic of the choices society is faced with every day of life.
Choosing one course will lead the traveler in one direction, while the other will likely move away, toward a completely different journey.
The road in the poem’s title “The Road Not Taken” is contrasted between the road that is “the one less traveled by” (19).
The traveler asserts that the road he takes is “less traveled”.
There is a desire to be adventurous, yet we fear possible regret for ‘what might have been’. The literal situation of “The Road Not Taken” concerns a traveler who is faced with a very simple decision.
The traveler comes to a crossroads in “a yellow wood” (1).