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Choices In The Road By Cormac Mcarthy

927 words - 4 pages

The Road, a thrilling novel about a post-apocalyptic world, demonstrates a great understanding of the reasoning behind the choices humans make. While living a normal life with his wife and child, some unknown disaster occurs leaving the world in ruins and a father caring for his son by himself. He continues to raise his son, facing difficult decisions everyday, but inclusively decides to continue living. Also after discovering a bunker full of nonperishable foods, the father makes the tough decision to leave. Finally, the father choices to take a robber’s clothes; which presumably leads to the thief’s death. However, the son states his disagreement with his father’s choice leading to a ...view middle of the document...

They feast and bath appreciating all of the food; something the boy has never experienced before. The father uses this excess amount of food as an opportunity to show the boy what life had been like before the disaster. The father soon realizes the need to leave this “safe haven,” because he fears the cannibals might find them. They could have lived in this bunker much longer and survived happily; however, the father makes a difficult, and anxiety driven decision to leave. The fear of someone else finding them in this hole forced the father to leave with his son and continue traveling on the road. This decision, to continue moving on, occurred simply because the father lives in constant fear of death and wants to save his son.
Taking the robbers clothes, another difficult decision the father makes, truly shows the strength of the relationship between the father and his boy because of what occurs after this decision. The father decides to take the man’s clothes and leave him with nothing; however, the boy emotionally disagrees with his father’s decision. He pleads to his father to give the man his clothes back, but the father chooses not to. After they leave the naked man on the road with nothing and they arrive at the beach, the father realizes his son’s pleading has a point. He agrees and they go back to the road; but the man left, so they decide to leave the clothes on the side of the road. Instead of a typical father-son relationship, when the father always has the last and correct opinion, this incident demonstrates the strength of this relationship, because it works both ways. Agreeing with...

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