Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” has three different
characters: the horse, the owner of the land and the narrator. Each of the characters have a
different objectives. I will focus on the narrator.
The narrator's objective is to continue on his journey given to the reader with the line, "And miles to go before I sleep." (pg 48) This concept is so important it was repeated. The irony is it is also the journey, which stands in his way given to the reader with the line, " He will not see me stopping here/ To watch his woods fill up with snow." (Ibid). The narrator has to struggle with the conflict of me against myself and me against fate, which is given to the reader with the line, " To stop without a farmhouse near/ Between the woods and frozen lake/ the darkest evening of the year." (Ibid). One might be fooled into believing that the narrator has conflict with other individuals however, it is me against myself because the reader is making his thoughts known. This is shown with two lines, "Whose woods these are I think I know.” / and "My little horse must think it queer.” (Ibid) Even the line "He gives his harness bells a shake” (Ibid) beckons the narrator to break thoughts and try to bring the narrator back to his journey however, the narrator does not break thought. The continued thoughts of the author are what Robert Frost uses as his forward. The thoughts take us from one step to the next. It is the thoughts of the narrator which beckons us to read until the end of the poem however, not the end of the narrator's journey again supported with the line, "And miles to go before I sleep.” (Ibid)
The other characters in this poem are used to guide the narrator on his journey. They are used to try and keep him moving instead of stopping. Although they try and persuade him to continue the narrator will still have to make the choice.