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...tinuation of the human race.” Rick from The Walking Dead focuses on the physical aspect of survival; he wants his son and his people to continue to “get through it.” The father in The Road wants more than that. He wants his son to emotionally survive rather than to “get through it.” He wanted to protect his son from the darkness of the world and he believed that he could show him some of the light and beauty that is left in it. The father’s focus is to overcome this new world and create a sense of hope for the son to believe in a better world; he sees that spark of hope in his son. His son is the only reason that helps him fight death, but ultimately, the father does not survive in the new world. The boy has genuine goodness inside of him and after the father dies, “carrying the fire” is his responsibility; the future of the world’s humanity depends on his survival.
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