Help! I need passages from The Road!
My final paper for English is due tomorrow but I no longer have a copy of the book and we need to incorporate a passage. Help? I would like the passage about shooting the boy and not being able to do it? HELP!
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The father debates several times whether or not to shoot the boy and/or himself. The first and most menacing instance is when the father and son are running from the cannibals in the house.
The father only has one bullet left. On page 20, he used one of the bullets to kill the marauder who took his son hostage. Now, the father wants to protect the boy from being starved, tortured, and eaten by the cannibals in the house.
Here's the quote I think you're looking for. It's on page 35.
They crawled slowly through the leaves toward what looked like lower ground. He lay listening, holding the boy. He could hear them in the road talking. Voice of a woman. Then he heard them in the dry leaves. He took the boy's hand and pushed the revolver into it. Take it, he whispered. Take it. The boy was terrified. He put his arm around him and held him. His body so thin. Dont be afraid, he said. If they find you you are going to have to do it. Do you understand? Shh. No crying. Do you hear me? You know how to do it. You put it in your mouth and point it up. Do it quick and hard. Do you understand? Stop crying. Do you understand?
I think so. No. Do you understand? Yes. Say yes I do Papa. Yes I do Papa. He looked down at him. All he saw was terror. He took the gun from him. No you dont, he
I dont know what to do, Papa. I dont know what to do. Where will you be? It's okay. I dont know what to do. Shh. I'm right here. I wont leave you.
You promise. Yes. I promise. I was going to run. To try and lead them away. But I cant leave you. Papa? Shh. Stay down. I'm so scared. Shh.