Individuality and Free Will in Literature Analytical Essay by Quality Writers

Individuality and Free Will in Literature
An analysis of the theme of individual consciousness and anxiety of free will in the works of Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway.
# 102672 | 1,681 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2008 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines the theme of individuality and the anxiety of free will in the poems; "Mending Wall" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost, and the short story; "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway. The paper describes how Frost uses the poetic images of nature to help define the individual in nature, which builds upon the anxiety of free will outside of boundaries and social norms. The paper then shows how Hemingway accounts for a dualistic account of free will that defines male issues of commitment with a girl.

From the Paper:

"The poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" defines the deviant sense of individualism that Frost seeks. By being an intruder on another man's property, he finds solace in his being able to stop and appreciate the quieter aspects of Nature. Frost writes on his own sense of refusal to accept laws and common notions of property in his individualistic perception of Nature:
Whose woods these are I think I know,
His house is in the village though.
He will not see me stopping here,
To watch his woods fill up with snow."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Frost, Robert. The Mending Wall. University of Pennsylvania, 2006. Available from
  • ---. Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening. Rice University, 1999. Available from
  • Hemingway, Earnest. Hills Like White Elephants. Acadia University, 2006. Available from

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