In The Road, what makes the relationship between the boy and his father so powerful and poignant? What do they feel for each other? How do they maintain their affection for and faith in each other in such brutal conditions?

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I think that the relationship that exists between the man and the boy is so powerful and poignant because of how it stands out in such stark contrast to the world that they live in and the other people that they meet. The world is trashed; readers don't know why,...

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I think that the relationship that exists between the man and the boy is so powerful and poignant because of how it stands out in such stark contrast to the world that they live in and the other people that they meet. The world is trashed; readers don't know why, but it is bleak, barren, gray, and barely survivable. People have turned to cannibalism, barbecuing babies over a fire. Everybody they encounter is looking to steal from them or hurt them in some way. The world is dangerous, hopeless, and unloving; however, readers see that hope and love still exist in the world because we see it in how the boy and the father interact with each other. The man loves his son enough to take on any number of dangers to make sure the boy is safe, and the boy clearly trusts that his dad has their best interests in mind. Their relationship is powerful because it is the antithesis of what the rest of the world has become.

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