Analysis Of The Poem Design By Robert Frost

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In the poem Design by Robert Frost, Robert starts off the poem by telling the readers the view he has in front of him. A white spider, a white moth and a white flower; all these things have one thing in common they are all white. White is the color most often associated with innocence, perfection, the good, the beginning and the new. White is supposed to embody the idea of purity and goodness. When we think of the color white we think of anything holy essentially. Frost is questioning if God’s design applies universally or does it only apply to the actions of humans.
The poem begins with Frost observation of nature. The first line starts off with frost encounter with a spider. Frost ...view middle of the document...

Frost ends the stanza by listing everything he sees in front of him as an actual indigents of a witch’s broth, “A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth, and dead wings carried like a paper kite." The word "dead wings" reinforces the idea that the intentions of the spider are of a spiteful nature and so bitter. It also reminds the readers how the spider is happily holding up the dead moth.
In the second stanza Frost asks three questions, “What had that flower to do with being white, the wayside blue and innocent heal-all? Frost brings up again the idea of deformity; this flower is unnatural, and may now be a deadly flower rather than a healing flower. What brought the kindred spider to that height, then steered the white moth thither in the night? What but design of darkness to appall? If design govern a thing so small." Frost ask these three questions in reference to the scene he has in front of him. Frost is curious to know how evil exist if the world is governed by God. Frost initially described the spider as being white, the color of innocence, perfection, the good, and purity; reveals itself evil. If God creates everything in his image why would such a malevolent thing happen in front of him? This all falls back to the design theory; we act as we are designed to act. The spider was designed by God to kill. Both the moth and the spider resembles humans. The white moth is innocent while the white spider is showing his wickedness that is hidden within. In my opinion God’s design applies universally.
As humans God gives us the choice between good and bad. Frost feels as if God lets us do whatever we want and looks over it all. We all have freedom of choice that God gave us all and the spider...

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