The Road focuses on the bond between a father and his son. Throughout the novel the father states that taking care of his son “is my job”. Examples of this are after the father and son encounter the “bad guys” for the first time and as the father washes “a dead man’s brains out of his [the son’s] hair” (McCarthy 63). The father is surviving primarily for the sake of his son. He puts himself second and entirely devotes himself to the safety and well-being of his son. When they are living on scarce quantities of food and water, the father ensures that the son receives a sufficient amount, even if that means he has to give up his share. The father wraps the son in their blankets and clothes during cold nights to make s...
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...st definition, the characters are no longer living. They are already dead, having no chance to enjoy fun moments. But the latter definition still gives them life. Though the characters are still living and breathing, some are barely doing so, and a number of the characters succumb to death by the end of the novel. But before they succumb, the characters are instigated, by their relationship to family and friends, to resist death. Love is shown to dominate life, and the degree to which someone will want to live. But when the love is lost, the will is lost. In the case of survival, as well as in other cases of lost love in relationships, memories of the past arise, and people feel angry, guilty and lonely. To live is to love.
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. New York: Vintage, 2006. Print.
Bradbury, Ray. The Illustrated Man. Toronto: Bantam, 1982. Print.
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