The first poem from The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart that relates well to The Road is “With Kit, Age 7, At the Beach.” This poem is about a young girl and her father. The setting is a beach and there is a storm coming in. The daughter is asking the father questions and awaiting a response from her father. The most important question she asks is “How far could you swim, Daddy, in such a storm?” (Stafford 37). The way the father responds to the question shows that the question is asking him how far he would go, what would he do for his daughter. In response the father says, “As far as was needed” (Stafford 37). The father is trying to say that he would do anything for his daughter. No matter the situation he will do anything for her.
The father/daughter connection of this poem is what reflects what it means to be human. What it means to be human is to love, care, and show compassion or in simple terms having a heart. The bond between a father and daughter a...
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...he Beach” was enhanced by The Road because the novel allowed the reader to see how far a father would go to help his child and to do anything for that child. The father giving up something to drink so that his son could have it and also killing someone to save his son show how far a father will go for his child (McCarthy 23, 66). This provides an example for the poem. The poem left it at the father would swim in the waves during the storm for as far as he had to for his daughter but it did not use a real example as to how far the father could go where as The Road allowed for an understanding of how far a father would go for his child (Stafford 37). The Road was able to provide a deeper insight as to what was occurring in the poetry, if it weren’t for relating the two and pulling examples from the novels, the deeper meaning behind the poems may be harder to grasp.
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