Cormac Mcarthy's The Road

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In the novel The road by Cormac Mcarthy, the son is one of the main characters along with the man (his father).

The main purpose of the son is to be the reason of the father to keep going, to stay alive and survive. The son symbolizes goodness and pureness, in the book the son is very much like a representation of god as we appreciate in the next quote where the author writes referring to what the father is thinking: “He knew only that the child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God God never spoke”.(page 5)

Although the son is the main reason the man keeps fighting to survive in this horrible desolated world, the son also plays an important role as the conscience of the father that remains him that they are the “good guys”,
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