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Importance of Control in Stafford's Traveling Through the Dark In William Stafford's "Traveling Through the Dark," the narrator experiences a dead deer on the edge of the Street. He knows that the secure and appropriate plan of action would be to push the deer into the sea, however if he discovers the was close giving birth before she died, he hesitates to kill the unborn fawn. Stafford's central idea from the poem revolves around the conclusion the narrator makes to sacrifice the deer to Be Able to clear the street of barriers, so that other people who push on the dim, narrow road won't need to swerve. The picture of the deer evokes sympathy and compassion from the reader because the picture isn't only that of a deceased creature. The second stanza describes the bull since the reader could expect. Even the narrator "stood by the heap, a doe, a recent killing; / she had stiffened already, almost cold." The lifeless deer, only a heap of creature recently killed on the road, looks ready to be pushed into the canyon, but another stanza reverses the image of the deer. The narrator strategies.