"The Road"

"The Road"

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  • I have been entrusted by God to protect this boy
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  • The man in the novel "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy feels and obligation form God himself that it is his job to protect his son. The loss of his mother means it is the fathers job all on his own. The inspiration of the story was from Cormac's own son being in a similar position as the man, protecting a son at an "advanced age". This give the story new depth showing the lengths the father will go to protect the boy, willing to give his own life or the horrible possibility of killing his own son to protect him from being tortured and eaten by the "bad people". Cormac also loved his as the man did knowing he was his only protector.
  • I dont know
  • Where are we
  • I know
  • It's really cold.
  • Where are we
  • Yes.
  • As there are only two main characters, a father and a son, The Road's main theme is paternal love. The man and boy are “each the other’s world entire,” and it is only the man’s love for the boy that gives him the will to persevere. Their love is a bit different as the pair’s whole existence consists of surviving from one day to the next. Never in the book does either one say “I love you,” but when he has the chance the man shows his love in other ways, as by giving the boy a Coca-Cola. For his part, the boy constantly looks to his father for reassurance, and safety in his chaotic world.
  • This fire keeps us protected from the cold.
  • Another repeating theme is violence and death. In the post-apocalyptic setting of The Road, almost all animals, plants, and humans have died off because of some unnamed disaster. Because of this, death is a constant figure. The land and sea are covered in darkness and ashes, nothing grows, and dead bodies litter the landscape. This continues throughout the book starting off very early when the mans son is attacked by a "bad guy" and to save his son the father must shoot the attacker in the head with one of his 2 bullets he has now realizing the next one must be saved to shoot his on in the chance his son is being taken to be tortured and eaten by these men.
  • "The Road" by: Cormac McCarthy
  • It's so beautiful.
  • I dont know. We're not going to die.
  • One thing that McCarthy that does so different and sets the book apart form so many others is his writing. He writes in different ways, one way is when he gets worked up about something he busts out the 100 dollars words like they're out of a king James bible. He uses many rare words but still uses them in relatively simple syntax. He also writes in a casual way that gets rid of quotation marks and a lot of punctuation, he rarely capitalizes proper nouns or uses apostrophes. I challenge you to find a semi-colon in the novel. Give up? That's because there's not a single one. You'll only find a few colons, and the commas happen few and far between.
  • If we are going to die would you tell me
  • One final that is very prominent throughout the novel is survival and perseverance. Much of the action consists of the daily struggle to survive. This creates a mood of constant suspense as death is always overhead and most humans have turned to cannibalism. The man's reason to keep struggling is to carry on his idea of "carrying the fire" an idea that seem consistent for him, of preserving the goodness of civilization of mankind by maintaining basic humanities for him and his son and prioritizing the sense of love and protection for his boy.
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