From the start

From the start - and along the road, all that the father...

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From the start, McCarthy establishes that the man and boy exist in a future where the world as we  know it has been destroyed. The landscape is ravaged, little life survives, little hope remains, and  danger is ever present as the man and boy make their way south along the road. This danger is  evidenced by the care they take in keeping their cart hidden on the side of the road, and the rearview  mirror they have attached to the handle to see if anyone is approaching them from behind, and their  constant states of lookout for signs of smoke or fire. Throughout the novel there is a strong focus on the bond between father and son. The man sees his  son as the only remaining sign of God's existence; without his son, the man has no hope for the  future. Their mutual desires to live and die depend solely on one another. Another theme that emerges at the start of the novel is that of frames, or skeletal shapes. In the city 
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Unformatted text preview: and along the road, all that the father and boy see are the shapes (or remains) of the old world. They see the frames of cars, barns, and houses, and they see the physical remains of dried and decaying human bodies. McCarthy's writing style reflects this sparseness in that he chooses to write in fragments and he keeps the father's and son's dialogue very choppy. The language of the novel reflects the skeletal and barren landscape through which father and son must travel. Additionally, the theme of dreams emerges in this section. There are dreams that the man has at night, the dreams (or flashbacks) he has during the day. Examples of these flashbacks would be the man's memories of phoning his father's house or spending time on the lake with his uncle....
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ENG 1310 taught by Professor Pilkington during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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