Write a brief author statement explaining the meaning or significance of the segment below, from The Road:
It's on page 35. the scene
"They crawled slowly through the leaves toward what looked like lower ground. He lay listening, holding the boy. He could hear them in the road talking. Voice of a woman. Then he heard them in the dry leaves. He took the boy's hand and pushed the revolver into it. Take it, he whispered. Take it. The boy was terrified. He put his arm around him and held him. His body so thin. Dont be afraid, he said. If they find you you are going to have to do it. Do you understand? Shh. No crying. Do you hear me? You know how to do it. You put it in your mouth and point it up. Do it quick and hard. Do you understand? Stop crying. Do you understand?
I think so. No. Do you understand? Yes. Say yes I do Papa. Yes I do Papa. He looked down at him. All he saw was terror. He took the gun from him. No you dont, he
I dont know what to do, Papa. I dont know what to do. Where will you be? It's okay. I dont know what to do. Shh. I'm right here. I wont leave you.
You promise. Yes. I promise. I was going to run. To try and lead them away. But I cant leave you. Papa? Shh. Stay down. I'm so scared. Shh."
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This sounds like a specific assignment your teacher has given you, and we can't write your homework for you, but I can give you some ideas to get started.
Imagine how bad it would have to get for you personally before you would hand your young son a revolver and tell him to shoot himself if the cannibals found him. The theme of hopelessness is pervasive in this story, as is the theme of hope.
Imagine then, what you would do for your son. The idea of love and sacrifice are present in this scene as well. They are on this journey together, but when push comes to shove, the man is going to do whatever he can to assure the boy survives.
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