In The Road, why did the man want the boy, his son, to experience life if there was nothing left of it?

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The father and son, in Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road , travel together in a post-nuclear holocaust world. While time after time they find nothing but death, isolation, and struggles, the father wants his son to continue on. At one point in the text the son states that he wishes he was with his mother (who...

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