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The Road

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Transcript of The Road

The Road
Cormac McCarthy

Born: July 20th, 1933

American novelist

Published the road in 2006

Genre: fiction
Time: Unknown
A few years after the world was

Place: Post Apocalyptic America
Near an unknown road

Background: There is no civilization,
no eco system, very little
remains of wildlife and humans
The Man
No Matter what the circumstances, there will always be good vs evil
-Persistent: Never gives up
-Cruel/ Ruthless to enemies
-Loves the boy
-Will Do anything for the boy
The Boy
-Wants to help everyone
-Loves his Papa
The Wife
-Scared to face her problems
The Cannibals/ thief's
-No humanity
-Poor and Starving

The theme of good vs evil is perhaps most appropriate for a post-apocalyptic novel. More than once, the boy seeks confirmation from his father that they are the "good guys" and that the "bad guys" are those who want to hurt them--thieves, murderers, and cannibals. Even in the worst circumstances there will always be a good side and a bad side, even if the world isn't the same as it is now.
According to the man, the good guys are those who "keep trying. They don't give up" ( 116). A symbol of the goodness and hope is the "fire" that the father assures his son they carry. As a "good guy," the man and the boy carry the fire internally, meaning that they strive to live under all circumstances.
In order to survive you must be aware of those you trust!
On the surface, this theme is expressed through the conflicts between the Man and other people they encounter on the road. For example, the man who draws a knife on the boy initially attempts to coax the father into joining his comrades at their truck. The father rightly does not trust this man appropriately, since the man attempts to harm the boy only seconds later, the father does not trust any other individual they see or meet.
-The man's wife, in an effort to escape rape and murder, chooses to take her own life before her life and integrity are taken from her against her choice. The man also attempts to steel himself for the possibility that he may have to shield his son from unspeakable evil by killing the boy himself.
In the final hours of your survival, your true character is revealed.
-Strong attention to the practical aspects of human survival, what resilient people do in order to survive, commonly include man's inventive efforts to use the remaining natural resources or trashed items to survive.
canned beans
A common reference to "carrying the fire" which is almost like carrying on the human race, symbol of love, compassion and good.
At one point the Man drops the lighter when they encounter the naked people locked in a room to be eaten, some other people with their limbs cut off . His 'dropping the lighter' is like him dropping the fire because he decides to run and leave the people to die instead of saving them and helping them. He is no longer being the good guy at that point, therefore drops the fire. The boy carries the fire inside of him and mustn't lose it.. This means that the father wants his son to never lose hope and forget humanity.
"I want to be with you. (The boy)
You cant. (The Man)
You cant. You have to carry the fire.
I don't know how to.
Yes you do.
Is it real? The fire?
Yes it is.
Where is it? I don't know where it is?
Yes you do. It's inside you.
It's always there, I can see it." (278)
The Boy carries the fire in his heart
The Man doesn't allow the boy to die with him.
The job for the Man is to protect the fire.
Symbol of the Fire
-Everywhere McCarthy uses imagery to describe how bleak and gray everything is.

-Usually things that are black, dark, etc. are bad things (like cannibals, dead people, general destruction)

-While things that are light or white (the boy - who at one point is described as having golden hair) or things that are light are generally good things.
"When he came back he knelt beside his father and held his cold hand and said his name over and over." (281)
Throughout the book the father was referred to as "the father" by the narrator and by "papa" as the child. Not once was his real name mentioned, planting seeds of curiosity in the our mind, however this remains a closed until the end, as the father dies, his identity still remains a mystery.
Neither the man or the boy are given names- this anonymity adds to the novel's tone that this could be happening anywhere, to anyone. This basically means that it would be a story of what ANY man would do with son in this situation.
The writing is fragmented and sparse from the beginning reflects the barren and bleak landscape through which the man and boy are traveling through.

characteristics/ common elements
McCarthy uses no quotation marks in dialogue and for some words leaves out apostrophes the exclusion of this punctuation could be a way to indicate that in this new world remnants of the old world no longer exist.
Plot Diagram
-The world has suffered an unknown catastrophe which has ended all modern civilization.
-A man and his son (whos names are not revealed) are heading south so they wont freeze.
-They are trying to avoid danger at all circumstances, and survive no matter what.
Inciting Incident
The inciting incident is when the apocalyptic event occurs. This is what put the whole story in action and the reason why the characters set out to survive.
Rising Action
-They come across many empty towns with ash and dead people.
-Come across cannibals, the man and son hide, and waste one of the two bullets they had left
-They are starving and hungry and find a big mansion where there were people living in it. They go into the home and find a room with people being kept alive to be eaten.
-Come across a bunker filled with supplies
-They find an old man named Ely and give him food then leave him
-The man has a fever and his cough continues to get worse
-The make a camp at the beach but eventually abandon it
-While they travel through town the man gets shot in the leg
-The man grows weaker more and more every day
The Climax is when the man dies and the boy is sitting with him.
Falling Action
The boy sits next to his father for three days unsure of what he has to do.
The boy meets a man who explains that he, his wife, and their children have been following the boy and his father for quite some time, and wants the boy to come with them. At first, the boy is hesitant, but when the man explains that he too is a good guy and is yeilding the fire, the boy opens up and excepts their generous offer. The boy joins them, and they embark on their quest for survival.
The Boy
We believe the boy represents the innocence and humanity of the modern society we live in today.
The Road
The road represents hope and survival.
The Cart
The cart represents evidence of the world that no longer exists
The Man
The man represents strength and love due to his power to survive through the worst situation
The "Bad Men"
The bad men represent the fall of humanity and destruction of the morals and beliefs of the modern society.
The bad men decide to eat humans in order to survive, while the man and his son take the harder way and look for food in order to survive.
The point of view is third person.
Narrator tells the story of The Boy and The Man in The Road. but often goes into the mind of the man, revealing past memories, and flash backs.
connections to the real world.
the song Radioactive
I'm waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I'm breathing in the chemicals
By: The Dragons
I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age,
I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
All systems go, the sun hasn't died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside
Book of Eli
The book : Hunger Games
Draw what you think the road looks like based on the seminar.
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