Why don't the man and boy stay in the bunker in The Road?

In The Road, the man and the boy don't stay in the bunker because it is dangerous. The provisions there are limited, and remaining in one location for too long increases the likelihood that someone else might eventually find this same spot.

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There are numerous reasons that the man and the boy decide to leave the bounty and relative safety of the bunker. The man explains to the boy that the bunker is dangerous. If the two remain in one location for too long, the likelihood of someone else finding this same...

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There are numerous reasons that the man and the boy decide to leave the bounty and relative safety of the bunker. The man explains to the boy that the bunker is dangerous. If the two remain in one location for too long, the likelihood of someone else finding this same bunker increases. Since there are so many "bad guys" wandering what is left of their shattered society, this is a legitimate concern.

It's also important to consider that the supplies of the bunker are limited. While the man and the boy are able to enjoy the provisions for a time, it wouldn't take too long before those supplies are exhausted. Staying in the bunker just prolongs the inevitable moment when the two are forced to continue their journey. It's also important to consider that the longer the boy stays there, the more comfortable he becomes with an easier survival; if he stays too long in the bunker, he might let his guard down when he returns to the road, which could also be dangerous.

Leaving the bunker is also indicative of the man's desire to take control of his own fate. Sitting in the bunker, the man and the boy are at the mercy of anyone who might find them there. By leaving, the man demonstrates that they must keep moving toward their goal of reaching the coast and cannot become complacent by a temporary life of convenience.

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