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The Road by Cormac Mccarthy

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Darren Huynh

on 2 April 2014

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Transcript of The Road by Cormac Mccarthy

The Last Of Us
, a video game released last year
Follows a man named Joel and a girl named Ellie on their trek across America following the collapse of human civilization
The two help each other overcome obstacles such as hunger, injuries, and the cold
The two teams are put into a vulnerable position due to the lack of food, and resources they have to their disposal
A Poem About the Road
The Road

Central Truth
Connection - Man
Connection - Son
Connection - Mother
Self Connection
Text Connection
World Connection
Point Proven?
To Summarize
By: Cormac McCarthy
Her love was strong enough to allow her family to survive
She felt that she would hold them back if she carried on with them
Relates to: Lily Potter
If I were in her position, I would have done the same thing
Sometimes sacrifice allows a greater result
Survival is shown throughout the text
The journey goes on, problems are faced
Obstacles include of food, shelter, weather, temperature, other people
There are no quotations
The son and father do not share much in their conversations
What great lengths do humans take to survive?
The world’s great apocalypse has arrived.
And all that we may tell is about the road.
Where man and son travel with a load
Backpack and cart with tons of equipment
Will the father even keep his commitment?
No marriage exists, only a vow to keep his son alive
When your carriage is weak, you might start to deprive
Yourself and your son of what you are worth
In a world that was once called Earth

Donner party- in 1846, a group of 90 emigrants left from Springfield,Illinois and headed west. They attempted to take a shorter route to California. Eventually they were trapped by heavy snowfall in the Nevada mountains and resorted to cannibalism to survive. Only half of the group made it.
If you died I would want to die too.
Sole Purpose on Earth is to protect his son from death
Believes that he was assigned by God, and that it is his duty to protect the boy
In many ways he is like our own parents;our parents feed us, shelter us, and cater to us
Genuinely human for parents to nurture their young at whatever cost
"We've got to find something to eat. We have no choice (106)."
World Connection
"They are going to rape us and kill us and eat us and you won't face it. You'd rather wait for it to happen. But I can't. I can't (56)."
"You have to carry the fire."
"I don't know how to."
"Yes, you do."
"Is the fire real? The fire?"
"Yes it is."
"Where is it? I don't know where it is."
"Yes you do. It's inside you. It always was there. I can see it. (279)"
Morals fade
Pressure builds up
+The “Human Moments” between the father and son

+The Darkness around them

+Very unpredictable

-Suspense doesn't last for long

-Slow going at times

-NASA has determined the way they think the world will end
-Elites VS Masses
-All natural resources will be gone
-Downfall of society
-If this happens the world will end up just like this book
-Survival will be hard

-Darwin's Survival of the fittest
-You have to keep up with the changes if you want to survive
-It's not enough to just want to live, you have to truly work for it and have some luck on you side
-The human instinct to survive is only as strong as the hearts desire
enjoy reading about dystopian societies
enjoy survival genres
Interested in the ethics of survival
He speaks very weakly every time
He always asks his father questions
He developed into a brave person
He relies on his father
Nervousness may stop you from moving forward
He is always trying to help others
He truly trusts his father
Attack on Titan: Armin
Need someone to guide them
Capable of defending themselves
Feel guilt for not helping others
Both have no mother
The main theme in the road is what happens to our ethics in situations of scarcity and survival
The protagonist refer to themselves as "good guys" but the only different that separates them is that they don't eat people nor do they kill people unless provoked
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