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In a world full of darkness and despair a bright fire carried by a father and son is the last of what remains of civilized humanity In The Road by Cormac McCarthy the narrator introduces readers to a man and his young son who are fleeing the cold weather in the north by traveling on the road heading south They must travel cautiously and adeptly in order to hide from the bad guys and their inhumanity which has dominated their post-apocalyptic world in the form of robbery rape murder and cannibalism The ever-cautious father The Man represents survival while his son The Boy in contrast represents compassion It is their father-son relationship that sustains their will to survive and their decision to carry the fire Their relationship is simple The Boy is the one that reminds The man of the good in the world and The Man is what reminds The Boy of the dangers that are in the world The father must teach The Boy of the dangers both will deal with and explain to him the terrors of the world in order to protect him whilst The Boy provides the only hope and light in The Mans life The Man sees The Boy as a sign of Gods existence The Man states If he The Boy is not the word of God God never spoke McCarthy 5 The distinction between the idealism - as well as the naivety and ignorance - of The Boy and the blighted hope and cynical rationalism of The Man balances out the journey of the pair But what is the road And what is the fireIn McCarthys post-apocalyptic world surviving the catastrophe is far worse than having died from it The disaster which took place at 117 was over in a sentence A long shear of light and then a series of low concussions McCarthy 52 yet the aftermath of this disaster consumed the world
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