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Intro Paragraph- The major theme in the novel The Road is that the struggle to destroy something ends up as the destruction of the image but not the real thing this is shown through the use of imagery symbolism and motif Body Paragraph 1- The use of imagery demonstrates that the idea of evil is present and unwanted throughout the novel The RoadThe men act recklessly trying to destroy such an immortal concept McCarthy states The men poured gasoline on them and burned them alive having no remedy for evil but only for the image of It as they conceived it to be McCarthy 188The men pour the gasoline trying to defeat evil when in reality they destroy the people whom they believe are evil but not evil itself McCarthy uses symbolism to depict the memory of his wifeThe man tries to relieve himself of his past and move on towards his futureAs the man is cleaning out his wallet he comes across an old picture of wife and sat holding the photograph Then he laid it down in the road also and then he stood and they went on McCarthy 51The man leaves behind the picture of his wife as an act to forget about her when in reality the man will always remember her the picture was just one of the many things that reminded him of his wife The man does not forget about his wife as a result of leaving the picture behind The use of motifs helps the reader understand the meaning behind the repetition of the little boys presenceThe man talks to his son referencing another boy but comparing his son to the boyThe boy brings up this other little boy many times throughout the novel always wondering about his condition While the man and boy are struggling the man replies saying that he is not sure if the boy is okay but he thinks
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