Identify the theme and significance of the passage: “He was just hungry, Papa. He's going to die.He's going to die anyway.He's so scared, Papa.The man squatted and looked at him. I'm scared, he said. Do you understand? I'm scared.The boy didn't answer. He just sat there with his head down, sobbing.You're not the one who has to worry about everything.The boy said something but he couldn't understand him. What? He said.He looked up, his wet and grimy face. Yes I am, he said. I am the one.”

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In this passage, the man and boy are interacting with a man who seems to be dying. The passage highlights the boy's compassion and purity and also relates to the theme that the boy symbolically carries hope in this desolate and hopeless world.

The man and the boy are a father-son duo in The Road trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic nightmare world. The father tries to teach the boy how to get by under these extreme circumstances. Of even greater significance to this passage, though, is the idea that the man instills in the boy:...

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