“Cormac McCarthy 's novel The Road stages the same problem of belief from the inside, but The Road is unique in locating the basis for meaning in the father 's love for his son, and even suggesting that this meaning transcends the father 's efforts to affirm and protect his son 's life.”. (Schaub) The man finds an unexplainable will to live and is constantly trying to keep himself and his son alive. He truly cares about his son and will do anything for him. The man’s love for his son has made him do things he could never imagine doing. Such as the time when they met with the blood cult member, the man used the last bullet in their gun to kill the cannibal cult member and escape from death.
The man 's death symbolizes a loss of hope in the boy, but a motive that pushes him towards living the rest of his life through the final wishes of his father. Through his grief at the loss of his best friend, the boy whispers to the spirit of his father, “I’ll talk to you everyday...I won’t forget. No matter what” (McCarthy 286). With the use of diction, McCarthy appeals to pathos as he hints to the omnipresent spirit of the man that encompasses the boy’s daily actions. He has come to terms with the fact that he must fight for his own survival and “then he rose and turned and walked back out to the road” (McCarthy 286).
Faulkner dives deeper into the pressure that Sartoris faced to remain loyal to his father when the family camped for the final night before they expected to arrive at the new home the father had found for them. After dinner, Sarty is called by his father onto the road where his father proceeds to accuse the boy of planning to tell the Justice of the Peace the truth, that his father was the one who burnt the barn down, even though Sartoris had silently made up his mind and was planning on defending him. His father then struck him in the face and with it came the words, "you got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain 't going to have any blood to stick to you" (par. 28). This line plays a vital role in the creation of the theme, inner conflict, as it further explains the situation that the young boy was in.
All night, Hale lay thinking about his fate, and came face to face with the fact that he had failed. He had failed Washington and not completed his mission. Requesting a clergy and a Bible, Hale is refused his requests. Finally, he is given a pen and paper to write his final words down to send to his family. Although he is going to die, he knows that he still wants to help fuel the revolution.
Despite the physical travel the man and boy experience, the man has to protect the boy as well as continue to give him hope. The man believes it is his duty to keep “God’s own firedrake” (31) of hope and goodness safe from the physical, mental, and emotional horrors of the godforsaken world. However, the man and his wife cannot protect the boy from all pain and do hurt the boy whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally with good intentions. McCarthy exhibits the underlying theme throughout The Road that it is sometimes better to hurt loved ones in order to help them through diction,
Daddy ain’t going to hurt you, he just wants to see this bandage, see what they’ve done to this little man”(Baldwin). Unlike Roy, John is not Gabriel’s real son but rather a son from another man in Elizabeth’s past. For Gabriel, the presence of John is a constant reminder of the sinful person Elizabeth used to be. “Gabriel, ain’t no sense in trying to blame Johnnie. You know right well if you have trouble making Roy behave, he ain’t going to listen to his brother.
A twelve year old boy a world away from his parents once wrote in a letter to his parents: “And I have nothing to comfort me, nor is there nothing to be gotten here but sickness and death.” This child was Richard Frethorne, and in “Letter to Father and Mother,” he communicates his desperation caused by the new world’s merciless environment to his parents to persuade them to send food and pay off his accumulated debts from the journey. He accomplishes this with deliberate word choice and allusions to the bible to appeal to ethos, pathos, and logos. Frethorne uses diction, imagery, and facts to create a letter to his parents which aims to garner sympathy for his state of life and to persuade them to send food and pay off his debts. Frethorne begins his letter by demonstrating how he has matured through experiencing the hardships of life in the new world. Because of the context of the letter, Frethorne is also attempting to ingratiate his parents to aid him in his plight.
However, because Okonkwo is unaware of the Christian culture he cannot act against his son. It is apparent that committing suicide is Okonkwo’s way of going against Christianity. This act not only costs him his life but it also takes away the respect Umuofia once had for
Once a man that tightens tightly to morality is now on the edge of what it seems ethical and unethical. He tries to get help from his medical insurance to pay the expenses of the operation, but they let go of his hand because what John contributes every month does not qualify him to finance such an extremely expensive operation. His son, meanwhile, oblivious to the sufferings of the father, comes closer and closer to death. Then there is a change in John 's good that will give birth to another man, a consciousness that will lead him to act, to rebel, without caring about transgressing the values that up to then supported his existence. Finally, he decides that the life of his son is worth more than any rule or law.
In William Faulkner’s story “Barn Burning”, the reader sees a young boy who struggles with his relationship with his father Abner Snopes. Sarty, the young boy, knows what his father has done is wrong. Because of this he is stuck in between being faithful to his father and family and telling the truth about what his father has done. As the story progresses it is easy for readers to see him struggle more and more with trying to keep his father’s actions a secret. He begins to think about himself and the consequences he could face for what Abner is doing.
Throughout the story, Eliezer looks for someone or something to believe in because he starts to lose faith in God and he tries to use his dad as a remedy. He allows his dad to control the direction of his faith, but through his death, it becomes clear that he can’t live without faith or, humanity. Eliezer’s faith in this story is controlled by his dad. Elizar feels unfaithful to God, and his dad is the closest most available resource so he relies on him to help maintain his faith. In Night there is a chain reaction effect between Eliezer and his father: if Shlomo is
For example the boy said, “You said you wouldn’t ever leave me.” The boy is talking to his dad after the dad had promised him that he wouldn’t leave him which made the dad sad because he was dieing and he didn’t want to leave his son all by himself. The dad and the son had fought against other survivors, the cold, and hunger now the dad was realizing that the kid was going to have to fight those challenges once again this time without his dad. When the dad dies the boy realizes that he is alone now without his family, his dad was all the boy had and now he was dead so the boy walks to the road and sees someone approaching him. As the person comes closer he realizes its a man that he and his father had once helped out by giving food and water too. The man then says, “I think you should come with me..” The boy now understands that he doesn’t have to be alone he could go with this man and survive.
The road to a relationship with God is not straight, it is ever changing with challenges and curves and ups and downs. This is a main theme in the memoir Night, by Elie Wiesel, where Elie has a struggling relationship with God. He thinks that God has abandoned him and his dad so he does not feel the need to continue his relationship with God. Elie was excited about his faith but the holocaust makes him feel angry and confused with God. Elie 's faith excites him from a young age and he wants to learn more about God.
Looking through the speaker’s eyes in this depressing time and his view of his story we get to see how his faith and his mind set mentally and physically changed him and his aspect of his life from now on. “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me,” shows the changes the speaker went through in troubling times and how he changed his future through this change. Watching his father die right in front of him is something a young boy should never have to go through even if he was older. This was the last string in him losing his faith when he should be leaning more on his faith considering looking over all of this he had it better than most inmates that were thrown in the crematoria or put into gas chambers or were worked to death. Him not knowing this allows him to believe that this is God’s unfairness to him.
Before his father died he was trying to help but supporting him kept getting more difficult as time passed until he became incapable of helping. This can be seen in quotes right after his father died when he says, “I could see that he was breathing--in gasps. I didn’t move.” He knew his father was dying and did not help. After his father dies he realizes that it was not that he didn’t want to help, he was incapable of it. A quote says, “No candle lit in his memory.