Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Contrasts of The Road


Pages 1-31

"It was the first he'd seen the boy smile for the first time"(19).
"I'm scared. Don't you want to see where I used to live? No"(25). 
The first quote shows how the man notices his son actually being happy during this post-apocalyptic time.  And the second takes place during the coke scene. Both of these show how the boy can show any emotion at any time. And he isn't afraid to tell his father what he's feeling throughout the entire novel. The narrator seems to keep a constant trail on the boy's emotions.

Pages 31-53

"If they got wet they would probably die" (14).
"Is it cold? Yes. It's freezing" (38).
The man knows that the water is freezing. He says so himself. But he also thinks that his son should be happy, and have a childhood, even though their in a lifeless, destroyed world. Once the boy is in the water he notices how his son gets happy, even though he's risking sickness and time. 

Pages 53-73

"I'm sorry, but we have nothing to give him" (51).
"The boy didn't answer. He was close to losing his temper with him" (72).
These two quotes show the changing thoughts between the father and his son. Mostly how the father is more concerned about keeping himself and his son alive, while his son wants to help others who have a small chance of living. The father is starting to seem darker in these later chapters. And his son seems to be maturing throughout the novel, which has led him to want to help other survivors.

Pages 73-93

"He tried to think of something to say but he could not" (88). 
"You have to talk to me" (79).
On page 88 there is an awkward silence since the father and son aren't speaking to each other. But only a few pages earlier the father tells his son that he needs to talk to him. These obviously contradict each other. But at the same time they need to keep each other close, because they're the only ones there for them. They're alone and need to do whatever it takes to stay alive, close with each other, and sane. 

Questions of The Road


Pages 1-31
Why does the father dream of a "dead-eyed" creature? Andy what is the "dead-eyed" creature?
What do the two of them have in their shopping cart? And why do they have those belongings?
When did the apocalypse happen? And what happened?

Pages 31-53
Why is it worth making it to the south still?
What does the father mean by "our roads" on page 42?

Pages 53-73
Why is the man's belt so important?
Could the father have protected himself and his son without using one of their bullets?

Pages 73-93
Is there a chance that the father, or boy, doesn't think that they're "good guys?"
Why is this the first time a dog is in the book?