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Fire has incredible importance to our species. It is no coincidence that many cultures consider it divine (or a gift from the gods). It does, after all, represent a major separation between people...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2018, 2:17 pm (UTC)

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The boy asks his father this question as they are trudging through a burned out, desolate city. They see a dried up corpse, and the father pulls the son closer, indicating that he shouldn't want to...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2020, 8:59 pm (UTC)

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The wife dies by suicide. Unable to adjust to the challenges and threats faced in the world in which the family now find themselves, she gives up on life. Another way of looking at her suicide is...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2021, 5:03 pm (UTC)

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Figurative language is anything that extends beyond strictly literal uses of words. This encompasses literary devices such as simile, metaphor, personification, and idioms, but is not limited to...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019, 2:33 am (UTC)

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I would go so far as to say that it is not just the man's "dream" that is important, but all of his dreams. In fact, dreams end up becoming a theme in this important novel. In short, the man's...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016, 12:18 pm (UTC)

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By not including punctuation and other grammatical structures, Cormac McCarthy creates a narrative that is starkly bare, stripped to nothingness like the novel's setting. By choosing this style...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2008, 6:45 am (UTC)

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The setting is a very unique and interesting one. It is set in the future, at some indeterminate time. The novel occurs after a nuclear holocaust has wiped out nearly all of the inhabitants of...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2009, 10:45 pm (UTC)

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The problem with page numbers is that every version of the book is different, and so the page numbers don't correlate. But I can try to help you pinpoint about where in the book each of these...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2009, 3:04 am (UTC)

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I don't know that there is necessarily a deeper message. McCarthy is a master storyteller and, first and foremost, a writer. The message I take away from this story (whether it was intended or...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2011, 7:52 am (UTC)

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This is most likely an artistic decision, done primarily for aesthetic effect and narrative reinforcement. The world of McCarthy's The Road is a bleak and barren wasteland. When we read McCarthy's...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019, 10:33 am (UTC)

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The post-apocalyptic narrative of The Road portrays a bleak world, indeed, in which the man and the boy struggle to stay alive only because of an instinctive drive to do so. This paragraph in the...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2013, 2:27 am (UTC)

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What is interesting about this novel is the way that the father is shown to have a number of dreams as he continues of his desperate and slow journey towards the coast with his son. Perhaps that is...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2013, 5:25 am (UTC)

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Cormac McCarthy does not pretend that The Road and its themes are unique. The essence of the storyline, the aftermath of an event so horrific that life is reduced to nothing more than survival,...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2013, 6:49 am (UTC)

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We are never told precisely when the novel is set, however, from the descriptions of the devastation that some kind of apocalypse has caused, and from the flashbacks that the novel includes, we can...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2011, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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The boy in the story The Road has to mature quickly. This is a common theme in post-apocalyptic stories: naive and youthful characters need to grow and become tough very quickly, much more quickly...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019, 7:43 pm (UTC)

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The novel The Road begins in medias res, which is a Latin phrase for "in the middle of things." The reader is thrown into the story much like the characters who fight for survival. A traditional...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2010, 10:36 am (UTC)

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The road, as the novel's title indicates, is the most important symbol in the book. It represents the journey through life, which is sought with peril and ends inevitably in death. The point of the...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019, 12:52 am (UTC)

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There's good "fire" quotes, a symbol of hope, survival, and (ironically) the destruction that caused this post-apocalyptic world: Pg. 83: "Nothing bad is going to happen to us...because we're...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2009, 9:46 pm (UTC)

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I believe that this line means that there are no external moral compasses influencing the remaining people who have survived the apocalyptic event. Men and women have been left to decide what is...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2012, 7:17 pm (UTC)

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Many of the themes of this novel have a dual meaning: they emerge from the novel's setting, but also symbolically illustrate the novel's deeper significance. The landscape that the Man and Boy are...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016, 7:24 pm (UTC)

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Dreams are largely open to interpretation, and the fact that this dream is embedded into a piece of fiction makes its interpretation even more debatable. One reading of this dream lies in the core...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020, 4:34 am (UTC)

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A good place to start with a thesis statement is to write a statement that you either believe in or a statement that you can adequately support. For a thesis statement regarding an entire novel, I...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019, 11:32 pm (UTC)

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Most of this particular book is a very sad, depressing, and bleak outlook on the future. Many books and authors try to give readers a bleak post-apocalyptic world, but The Road takes the genre to...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2018, 7:40 pm (UTC)

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Prophets bring a message to the world. Ely is telling them that they are all the messengers that there is no God. Willing or not, aware or not, that the characters of the book spread the message...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2010, 10:33 am (UTC)

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Another perspective on this is that McCarthy is, in a way, reminding mankind of its place in the world. It is only a small part of the life that exists, yet in The Road, it has seemingly done...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019, 8:45 am (UTC)

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Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Road is rife with symbolism as it tackles the state of the world after disaster and terror has struck, killing off most of humanity. Among the many...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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The question of McCarthy’s world in "The Road" being both real and terrifying is something of a paradox, but this is what McCarthy presents us with in his portrayal of a diligent father caring for...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017, 7:57 pm (UTC)

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The Road is so full of heartbreaking images, the father and son have nothing but each other and the few shared terms that help the son understand the dystopian nightmare in which they live. For...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2009, 7:09 pm (UTC)

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mstultz72's reply is very good. I would like to build on it by pointing out something in that passage from the novel. The father is indeed shedding everything from his past that is irrelevant in...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2010, 6:46 am (UTC)

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The father and son's love for each other makes the relationship poignant because they live in such a harsh world. Their caring relationship is set in stark contrast to the cannibalizing brutality...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2018, 2:10 pm (UTC)

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Several reasons suggest themselves for Cormac McCarthy’s decision not to give names to the characters in his novel The Road. Among those reasons are the following: Leaving the characters unnamed...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2011, 5:59 am (UTC)

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There are several significant events in The Road, each more disturbing than the last. The first significant event that occurs is when the man uses one of the two revolver rounds to kill a marauder...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019, 6:44 am (UTC)

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In The Road, the man and his son have many awful experiences, despite the man's best efforts to protect his son. There is quite a philosophical edge to the man's words when he refers to them...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2013, 6:12 am (UTC)

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That is a good question, especially because the movie does not really give an explanation. I think that there are two explanations for this. First, as you say, they see fire. This is probably the...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2010, 4:46 am (UTC)

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Expostion: we learn that a series of concussions has caused a world-wide blackout, that the son was born after the blackout, that the boy's mother committed suicide soon after, and that the father,...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2009, 7:56 am (UTC)

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This is an interesting question because I believe that most readers don't consider the internal conflicts present in this book as immediately pressing as the external conflicts. At its core, the...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2018, 4:46 am (UTC)

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In McCarthy's novel, the road itself can be interpreted as either a hopeful and life-affirming symbol or a dark, nihilistic symbol. The ambiguity surrounding the meaning of the main characters'...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2018, 11:53 pm (UTC)

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The end of the novel The Road is quite confusing, especially with regards to the emotions it evokes in the reader. It gives hope in the form of a new family and the revelation that there are other...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2019, 11:25 am (UTC)

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If he has a halo, he's a Christ figure! The son in The Road is supposed to represent the smallest inkling of hope that humanity has left, which is why he manages to survive in the end. He was able...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2010, 9:55 pm (UTC)

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In a novel as unrelentingly bleak as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, references to “survival” are plentiful, but contexts and meanings can diverge...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2014, 12:11 am (UTC)

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The theme of trust is definitely present in this visceral novel. Whether or not it is the main contributing factor to the survival of the man and the boy is up to individual readers. The following...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019, 12:59 pm (UTC)

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Cormac McCarthy's The Road depicts a father and son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The nature of this world means that our main characters face many conflicts and tensions between...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2017, 2:37 pm (UTC)

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Do you think that McCarthy may be suggesting another suggestion of universality with Coca-Cola which is sold throughout the world? This product, then, accompanies the concept of the "Everymen"...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2010, 12:11 am (UTC)

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1. Quote: "What would you do if I died?" Here, the boy is thinking of death as he ponders his situation with his father in this post-apocalyptic setting. The boy is concerned with life and death...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2013, 2:26 pm (UTC)

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I could be wrong, but I don't remember McCarthy ever telling the reader the age of the boy. As an author, he tends to let the reader make up ther own mind about a lot of things/leaves a lot unsaid...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2010, 3:12 am (UTC)

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There can be many different interpretations of the novel, The Road. The very fact that the books leaves you without a solid conclusion makes the mind of the reader explore different avenues. You...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2011, 11:51 pm (UTC)

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The physical road itself is a good symbol for the journey theme. The Man and The Boy are both using the road to get to their destination. They are heading toward the ocean. They get sidetracked...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2018, 2:59 pm (UTC)

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The narrative voice is primarily that of the father, though there is also some omniscient narration. The father's voice is usually deadpan and factual, providing the details of the surroundings the...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020, 3:38 pm (UTC)

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As I thought of the man and the boy pushing their shopping cart through a post-apocalyptic landscape that seems to reflect the aftermath of a nuclear war (though we are never sure what exactly...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2020, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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For how filled with action and tension the story of The Road is, it is somewhat difficult to pin down a precise climax. Overall, the narrative is sparse, disjointed, and unrelenting. Most...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020, 10:05 am (UTC)

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