The Road Essay

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In Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road “the man” and “the boy” refer to themselves as “the good guys” compared to “the bad guys”. While reading this book I was lead to believe that “the boy” is truly the only “good guy” left, because “the man” and every other character that I encountered in this book share some of the same qualities as “the bad guys”. The boy constantly begs his father to be sympathetic and charitable to the drifters that they encounter on the road, but the father usually refuses or either puts up an argument before finally giving into the boy, and handing over one or two cans of food to the stranger. Although “the man” is in survival mode, he expresses no compassion for humanity and therefore represents “the…show more content…
Another passage in the book that also led to my conclusion about “the man” was when he and “the boy” had just hit the jackpot in the underground hideout; they had stocked up on food in their buggy and had just about more than they could carry, as they started back on their journey they come across an old man walking down the road. “Maybe we could give him something to eat.” “He looked off down the road.” Damn, he whispered.” “He looked down at the old man.” Perhaps he’d turn into a god and they to trees.” “All right, he said.” “He untied the tarp and folded it back and rummaged through the canned goods and came up with a tin of fruit cocktail and took the can opener from his pocket and opened the tin and folded back the lid and walked over and squatted and handed it to the boy.” “What about a spoon?” “He’s not getting a spoon.”(McCarthy 163). I believe the only reason “the man” gave in so easily in this situation was because they had been very fortunate in their findings, I sense that “the man” feared that if he was not at least a tad bit generous, that bad karma might just shadow him. After the stranger on the road had finished eating the can of fruit “…he sat holding the empty tin and looking down into it as if more might appear.” “What do you want to give him?” “What do you think he should have?” (McCarthy 164). “I don’t think he should have anything.”(McCarthy 165). Here “the man’s” generosity is

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