He carries the fire, which he believes is his son. His son provides meaning for his life and exhibits goodness. The Road takes place in a post apocalyptic world, the setting is barren, silent, godless. (McCarthy, 4) It’s easy for the man to question why he should keep on going, but he manages by telling himself that he carries the fire, his son. The man’s deceased wife once told him that he couldn’t survive for himself, he has to survive for someone else.
The wife thought she knew if she would stay alive eventually they would all get killed or get eaten. The father is the one that takes care of the boy throughout the novel. In the novel the boy shows sense of goodness and innocence, he always wants to help others before he helps himself. The fire the boy carries amounts to strengths
Why would people face harsh weather conditions with little to no aid for them to survive? Throughout the story “into the wild”, Chris after months of “living off the land” in Alaska, starves to death in his bus after finally finding a moose which gave him hope, but since he had not eaten in days and it was infested with flies and bugs, he passes away. He could not eat the moose without obtaining a disease and getting sick. Likewise, in the short story “to build a fire”, the man is faced against harsh weather conditions of 70 below 0 while walking through the Yukon trail for many hours. After falling in the river, the man sits down underneath a tree, and passes away due to his fire being put out by the snow and limited matches.
However, his use of tough love and lack of approval towards his children creates conflict in the play, which suggests the importance of a father’s emotional role in a family. The role as a breadwinner: In Troy’s mind, he has done everything right as a father because he has provided his family with basic needs for survival: a place to live, food on the table, and clothes on their backs. His strong work ethic has made him the man he is today; but he often burns all his fuel at work and, at the expense of his family, copes with his pain by drinking. Sense of pride: As the breadwinner, Troy takes great pride in his earnings. When his oldest son, Lyons, comes around asking for ten dollars, Troy replies by saying,“ ‘I 'm just supposed to haul people 's rubbish and give my money to you cause you too lazy to work?’ ” (1, 19).
Pull him toward you and kiss him” (McCarthy 114). The father thinks long and hard about killing the boy to end his life of suffering, but keeps making excuses not to kill him and questions whether or not he can do it when the time comes. The father realizes that his love for the boy is too strong and he cannot find himself capable enough to end his own child’s
The primary example of Abner teaching Sarty about blood ties can be seen when Abner says, “You’re getting to be a man. You got to learn. You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain’t going to have any blood to stick to you” (Faulkner 191). However, Sarty seems to not adopt his father’s way of thinking and instead consciously challenges it. After Abner has tasked Sarty to fetch kerosine for the barn burning, Sarty thinks to himself, “I could run on and on and never look back, never need to see his [Abner’s] face again” (Faulkner 198).
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.
When the GTO pulled up to the first intersecting street, he saw the bright sign of Flying J’s blazing in the night sky. From the corner, the truck stop looked only sparsely busy—a few semis filling up, a string of them parked in the back, their occupants hidden away in their cab watching television or spending a little quality time with a stranger of the night at the tune of seventy-five dollars a half hour. “Thank you for what you did back there,” Angela said as she gathered up Liam and was about to exit the vehicle. “Goodbye, Evan.” “Wait,” Evan called out. Angela looked back.
Further investigating the group went behind the cash register, and saw that the back door was open. They ran out of the back door and saw a van leaving hurriedly. Fernando made eye contact with the driver. He was in a costume, but Fernando recognized that it was Officer Dan. The friends ran over to Rambo 's house and piled on his dad 's four wheeler.
The father had killed a poacher, two years before, and since then had been gloomy and behaved as though haunted by a memory. His two sons were married and lived with him. "The darkness was profound. I could see nothing before me nor around me and the mass of overhanging interlacing trees rubbed together, filling the night with an incessant whispering. Finally I saw a light and soon my companion was knocking upon a door.
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
Then he finally understood that he had to leave his father alone to survive like he had been doing for his whole life. Then the most mysterious thing happens, a man walks up to the Boy and confesses that he has been following them for the longest time, and wants to take care of him. The Boy unsure if he should trust him asks him if he is carrying the fire. When suddenly a pregnant woman comes out of the bushes and gestures for the Boy to come with them; the Boy finally decides to follow them. After the man and boy’s journey ends, they learn that people will do absolutely anything to survive and will create excuses so they will not be blamed for what they are about to do.
When we find connections it gives us happiness and very big hope of one day connecting again. The boy wonders as well as the father when they will get to the shore line because they now have: “to carry the fire” (Pg.195). Carrying the fire is being the good guys, which is in this story is to not become cannibals even if there is no food to
The road became slower and after an eternity, Nell pulled off the road and heard the whining of saws before entering a field stacked with lumber. As Nell and Jake drove up, Buddy Taylor came out a small building and made his way over to the Ford. He was a short, excitable man who walked like a splay-footed penguin. His short curly blond hair gave him the appearance of constant motion. “Well, hey there, Nell Guthrie,” the owner exclaimed.
This quote significantly impacts the novel as it adds character development and contributes majorly to the plot. During the time the head of the block strictly explains that Eliezer can only keep himself alive, and his father is weighing him down. Despite this Eliezer refuses the harsh reality and shares his rations with him to hopefully keep him alive. The doctors simply want Eliezer 's father to die, but Eliezer refuses to give up his father. The head of the block is attempting to bring Eliezer to reality, by harshly telling him that his father’s death is inevitable, and that Eliezer should focus on keeping himself alive instead.