But The Boy constantly thinks of others — the people on the road less fortunate than him, the people whose houses they stay in, and even the people on the road who want to harm him. The man believes the boy will die and he is terrified and enraged. The boy's first reaction to that house foreshadows the terrible discovery they make and the gruesome fate they narrowly avoid. The father empties jars from the kitchen to fill them with water. The boy is scared of this house, as he is of many of the houses.
Archived from on June 6, 2002. I thought I could but I cant. It is the boy who is able to get the man to show kindness to others on the road, however begrudgingly such kindness is given. But in this book the roles are reversed. He also takes away a screwdriver and a new blade.
Analysis If this is Georgia in November, the snow represents a drastic climate change somehow related to the tragedy. The father wants to investigate the house, noting that there are no tracks leading up to it from that direction. Could you crush that beloved skull with a rock? For example, in this section specifically, the man is not depicted contemplating their inability to assist who are awaiting their inevitable deaths. He spends as much time as he can outdoors, and his grandfather teaches him how to hunt, fish, and be a gentleman. The Old Man also stresses the importance of conservation, seeing his prey as something which must be maintained, if it is to be harvested every year.
The boy becomes frightened and repeatedly asks if they can leave. Then, he asks about the baby; he doesn't understand where it came from. After five days of no food and hardly any sleep, the man and the boy stumble upon a large house outside a small town. In the novel, the child is wiser than his father is. Throughout , the boy's reactions to the people whom they meet during the journey demonstrate how he and his father act as foils to one another. The father transmits some principles to his son and protects him, and the son does the same. As Ely moved on, the boy is upset because he knows that Ely is going to die.
The Man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. Then later, a different crowd persuades him to ride the donkey himself and let the boy walk. At the end of the book, the father finally dies, and the boy meets another man. The man has decided, too, that should roadagents find them, that he will kill the boy so that they cannot torture him, but he often wonders to himself if he would be able to do it if the time should ever come. The men said: Arent you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor Donkey of yoursyou and your hulking son? The man first makes better footwear for the boy and for himself, using the suit coats and plastic. First, the boy does not pick up some toys on the floor anymore p.
They endure an extremely difficult night in the cold. Then, they set out on the road again, still heading south. Read Classic Books Online for Free at Page by Page Books. They take off after the thief and find him. He is more open and generous to those they meet on the road. One man's legs have been amputated up to his hips, and the room reeks.
The house used to be grandiose and impressive; now, they find heaps of clothing and old sleeping bags. His emotion is relief once he and his son have escaped. The boy asks his father about the sea. The boy brings his father water, and the man sees a light surrounding the boy. The boy persuades his father to let Ely eat dinner with them that night. The boy doesn't speak for over a day.
The orchard at least provides apples, so the prospect of benefiting from nature has not entirely disappeared. Bobby is a young boy growing up in South Carolina in the 1920s. The man's cough worsens and then the boy gets sick, too. The symbolical image of the stomach is to be found in the novel : the stomach is the place where the mother bears the infant during pregnancy. He trusts almost everyone he meets on the road, and wants to help them by taking them along or giving away precious food. But throughout the whole novel, the man transmits some principles to his son: The man transmits his son the symbolic mission of carrying the fire: he has to continue his mission he needs to keep going, because if he gives up he dies. As they walk, they keep track of their location on a worn and tattered map that they must piece together like a puzzle each time they use it.
The man and boy move on, but the perceptive boy asks his father about the people they found in the basement. What if it doesnt fire? He digs and finds a plywood door in the ground. The Man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the Donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole. Glass floats covered with gray crust.
Not the usual sort, though. By this time they had come to the town, and the passers-by began to jeer and point at them. The Old Man teaches Bobby that when duck hunting, all he has to do is follow the dogs, and let them do the hunting. Over the years, Bobby becomes obsessed with hunting, and learns a lot of life lessons. Again and again, he begs The Man not to go upstairs or open cellar doors an understandable fear after the human livestock discovery.