You put it in your mouth and point it up. Do it quick and hard” (McCarthy 113). The father wants the boy to take his gun and to shoot himself if the ‘bad guys’ come in order to protect him. He would rather have the boy end his life quick and painless instead of being tortured by the ‘bad guys’. The father faces internal conflict when asking himself if he can kill his own son to protect him: “Can you do it?
In a post-apocalyptic world with no sign of humanity the man and boy come across a stranger. He is the first human being, other than the boy, that the father speaks to. The man’s intimacy and anger are shown deeply towards his son as the stranger attempts to abuse the boy with a knife positioned to his throat. The man immediate response to fire the stranger with a pistol with no deliberation and notion therefore describes his attachment and concern towards the boy “He dove and grabbed the boy... The man fell back instantly and lay with blood bubbling from the hole in his forehead.
Morality coincides with choosing right from wrong. However, right and wrong is not so clear cut when your life is on the line. Similarly, in the post-apocalyptic setting of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, a man and his young son must decide to put forth morals or choose the route that benefits themselves the most. The latter is prevalent throughout the novel, as the man guides his son to survive and make decisions based on his best interests. The characters in the story The Road to put survival over morals, which is attributed to our basic instincts trumping morals in instances where our wellbeing is in danger.
Throughout the story, the author made it clear that understanding between father and son can be difficult. Lots of obstacles will be thrown their way and they will do a lot to get through it together. The author, Elie Wiesel, used many examples like imagery, tone, and foreshadowing to understand what a father/son relationship is like. The examples and quotes given show that a father and his son won’t be split by anything, until death do them
As time started to go on, he started to wonder and look back and tell himself, “I have lived through much and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps-what more can the heart of a man desire?”(169). With everything that happened to him, he was still happy and was willing to risk his life throughout his journey to find happiness. The environmental conditions were beginning to become too harsh for him to keep going all because he wanted to be on his own. People walk into the wilderness to “No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.
The definition of Hemingway’s Code Hero is “a man who lives correctly, following the ideals of honor, courage and endurance in a world that is sometimes chaotic, often stressful, and always painful.” Both Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrate the ideals of code heroes through their characters in their writing. In the life of the code hero, the characters in both novels live a life with a sort of code of honor. In both worlds, the life they live is often chaotic and stressful, Both characters have courage and endurance and attempt to stick with their goals until the end. For both, death is, or will be the end.
In life, individuals are constantly required to make sacrifices. Sacrificing is the act of giving up something you wish to keep in order to obtain something else or help someone. This leads to the question; when people make sacrifices, are they sacrificing for themselves or for the sake of others? In George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Khaled Hossenini’s
The short story, “A Man Who Was Almost A Man” written by Richard Wright is about a seventeen-year-old named Dave Saunders, who lied to obtain a gun and eventually killed a mule with it. As seen in the title, he was a man who was almost a man until he began lying and killing. The gun used by Dave expresses a range of ideas beyond itself. The gun represents numerous characteristics that Dave has and wants to obtain. In Dave’s eyes, possessing a firearm represents dignity and dominance, however, it also exposes his lack of maturity.
It also proves conclusively that he knows how he is and that he tries really hard to preserve himself. Towards the end of the movie, when Ripley kills Peter, Tom Ripley’s identity also dies too in this act of self-destruction. In the last frame, the audience sees a full profile of Tom’s face, one side in light and the other side in darkness. This represents the profound theme of man’s duality - The intuitive and psychological confusing nature of mankind to be twofold.
Here, Michael was granted a choice. He had the choice extricate his friends from what would have been, most likely death. Without question Michael knew it was his obligation to rescue his friends, even when he knew the adventure was essentially a suicide mission. The contingency that he would rescue his friends and survive was incredibly tenuous, but to him, the idea of losing his friends was far worse than existing at all without them. " 'he kept saying, "We 've got to find jack"
Author Richard Wagamese conveys a message in his novel Indian Horse displaying the idea of sacrifice. Specifically how people must sacrifice belonging for survival. Wagamese uses Saul 's experiences, choices and general story to express this message. Throughout Saul’s life he is forced to make sacrifices for himself and the people around him in order to survive, his isolation is what gets him through. Everyday people see the reproductions of community and how surviving isn 't an easy thing.
Seeing what a father and son had to go through to survive. With living in a dull, grey world that’s full of death and fear, having their hope to survive it at all costs as long as they’re with each other. A father’s love for his son and not wanting to give up on him. Giving him a chance to live through these dark times, in hopes for a new beginning. He was born into a dark world and that this is all he knows.
Then as the soldiers approach the retreating enemies, "We bayonet the others before they have time to get out their bombs. Then thirstily we drink the water they have for cooling the gun" (116/117). The fear of death and the idea of war, in a way, has sickened them. They do not care about hygiene or ethics. The soldiers, willing to do whatever, will not stop until they have conquered or have lost.
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.”