Sacrifice In The Road

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Have you imagined how the post-apocalyptic world will look like and will you choose try hard to survive or to die? In the book, The Road, written by McCarthy, the sky is dark. It’s cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. Everything has gone, only except some human beings who try every way to survive even by hurting and killing people. It seems that there is no reason to keep surviving in a world which no hopes remain, a father still perseveres to survive with his son and they are sustained by their love. On their journey, the father sacrifices a lot to protect his son and strongly shows his parental love. In this book, the father and the son have great…show more content…
For example, on their ways, they keep looking for food and they are always starving. One time, they went to a supermarket, and the boy found a Coca Cola. Then, the father says to his son, “It’s a treat. For you” (23). The father opens the can for him and wants him to drink at all. However, the boy insists on sharing it. The boy says two times “You have some, Papa” (23). The man just “sipped it and handed it back” (23). When all the food has gone, a can of Coke becomes so precious. When the father decides to let the boy drink it all, it means he gives all the food resource to his son. The can becomes a conversation between the boy and the man, which is a tender tribute of their concern for one another that transcends thirst, hunger, or even survival. In addition, when they are looking for the food, the father always risks by himself and asks his son to stay to keep safe. For example, when they are looking for the food in the boat, when the father is going to go outside to have a look, the boy asks to go with him. The father refuses and says, “I’ll keep tracking on you. To make sure everything’s okay” (221). Then, the father went out to find food by himself. We can see that the father protects his son so much that he will not have possibilities to let anything hurt the boy. For us, it is common to have a coke or our parents go out to buy food; however, for them, a coke means the…show more content…
For both of them, they are “each other’s world, entire” (6). Nothing or no one else matters because they can only trust and love each other. As the man 's wife points out before her suicide, "the boy was all that stood between him and death" (25). In other words, the man 's thirst for survival is fueled by the love for his son. While the man may expect his own death, he lives in order to seek life for the boy. Moreover, one time, a thief threatens the boy with a knife at his throat. The father decides to shoot and attack the man immediately. He says to the boy, “My job is to take care of you. I was appointed to do that by God. I will kill anyone who touches you.” (65). For the man, his killing is justified because it was committed in the act of saving his son, a responsibility he says was assigned to him by the god. Throughout the entire journey, the man does not kill out of malice or for food. He only hurts others when they have threatened the boy 's survival. We can tell that in order to ensure the boy’s safety, his father can do anything to protect his kid. Moreover, he says, “He could not construct for the child 's pleasure the world he 'd lost without constructing the loss as well and he thought perhaps the child had known this better than he” (154). For the father, the earth enjoyed by the man during his own childhood is a planet that no longer existed to the boy. When the man considers
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