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In The Road, why is the boy like a tabernacle to his dad?

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Interesting question. A tabernacle in Biblical times was the name given to the portable dwelling place for the divine presence of God that was used in Old Testament times as the Israelites wandered through the desert before reaching the Promised Land. "Tabernacle" literally means "divine presence." Looking at this word in relation to the boy, it is important to identify the way in which the boy acts almost as a divine presence for his father, in particular in the way...

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