The Road Questions and Answers
Please explain the meaning of the following quote from The Road by Cormac McCarthy. "'You forget somethings, don’t you?' 'Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.'"
In the book The Road by Cormac McCarthy, there is a paragraph about a dog following the man and boy; oddly, it is the only paragraph in the book written in first person. What is the significace of this paragraph? The dog that he remembers followed us for two days. I tried to coax it to come but it would not. I made a noose of wire to catch it. There were three cartridges in the pistol. None to spare. She walked away down the road. The boy looked after her and then he looked at me and then he looked at the dog and he began to cry and to beg for the dog's life and I promised I would not hurt the dog. A trellis of a dog with the hide stretched over it. The next day it was gone. That is the dog he remembers. He doesn't remember any little boys.
On this road there are no godspoke men....what did he mean? In the book, The Road by Cormac McCarthy he wrote: On this road there are no godspoke men....what did he mean?
Why does Cormac McCarthy not give his characters names in The Road? How do the labels "boy" and "man" affect the way readers relate to them?
How is McCarthy able to make the postapocalyptic world of The Road seem so real and utterly terrifying? Which descriptive passages are especially vivid and visceral in their depiction of the blasted landscape? What are the most horrifying features of the world in The Road and the survivors who inhabit it?
Why do you think McCarthy ends the novel with the image of trout in mountain streams before the end of the world? In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they gummed of mystery. What is surprising about this ending? Does it provide closure, or does it prompt a rethinking of all that has come before? What does it suggest about what lies ahead?
In the novel The Road, what does the coast represent physically and literally for the man and his son?
Please explain the meaning of the following quote from The Road: Can I ask you something? Yes of course you can. What would you do if I died? If you died I would want to die too. So you could be with me Yes so I could be with you. Okay
In The Road by Cormac McCarthy, what makes the relationship between the boy and his father so powerful and poignant? How do they maintain their affection for and faith in each other in such brutal conditions.
In The Road, what significance does the weather contribute to the moral concept of the relationship between the father and son?
Part one: Identify the theme and significance of the passage. “They are going to rape us and kill us and eat us and you wont face it. You’d rather wait for it to happen. But I cant. I cant…We used to talk about death, she said. We dont anymore. Why is that? I dont know. It’s because it’s here. There’s nothing left to talk about I don’t care. It’s meaningless. You can think of me as a faithless slut if you like. I’ve taken a new lover. He can give me what you cannot. Death is not a lover. Oh yes he is.”
"I think maybe they are watching, he said. They are watching for a thing that even death cannot undo and if they do not see it they will turn away from us and they will not come back." To whom is the man referring? What could be a thing that death cannot undo?
In Cormac McCarthy's The Road, what is the significance of the narrative voice? Why does McCarthy do this, and what is the effect on the reader?
In "The Road" what is this fire, and why is it so crucial that they not let it die? As the father is dying, he tells his son he must go on in order to "carry the fire." When the boy asks if the fire is real, the father says, "It's inside you. It was always there. I can see it" (page 234)
In Cormac McCarthy's The Road, how does the cold climate force the man and the boy to move south? How does the cold climate give rise to cannibalism, and how does the weather increase the mortality rates?
What is Ely talking about in this quote from The Road, page 168? "People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn't believe in that. Tomorrow wasn't getting ready for them. It didn't even know they were there."
In Section 11, pages 131-144 of The Road by Cormac McCarthy, please explain the following quote: "He'd been ready to die and now he wasnt going to and he had to think about that. This was not hiding the woods. This was the last thing from that."
In what ways is the road an important symbol in the novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy? What can the road represent?
Reference from "The Road" about when the mother killed herself, and when the father dies, and when the good family takes in the boy.
I have questions for an essay on "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. McCarthy doesn't make explicit what kind of catastrophe has ruined the earth & destroyed human civilization, but what might be suggested by the many descriptions of a scorched landscape covered in ash? What is implied by the father's statement that "On this road there are no godspoke men. They are gone & I am left & they have taken with them the world"?
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