Fifth Entry: Pages 203–287 (End of Book)
In this last section of reading The Road, the father and son finally reach the coast. I believe that they are in either North Carolina or South Carolina (Wow close to home). The man is doing awful and his condition got worse. The man and the boy’s quest for survival reaches its peak when the father and son scavenge the coast looking for food and supplies but are not successful. The father and son are closer than ever, but they still experience hardship. The father and son face many enemies in this section. A man steals everything that the father and son have, but they catch up to him and the father makes the man take off all of his close and leaves him naked in the cold just like the man did to the father and son. The son begs for the man to not be brutal, but the man is only protecting the child and the child does not understand because of his innocence. Eventually the father dies and the son learns to become a man and take care of himself. The boy, now alone, meets a traveling family with a husband, wife, and two children. These are the good guys and the boy will live with them now.
There are two quotes that really spoke to me during this section. These quotes both have hidden meanings that can be linked back to themes of the novel. The first one, found on page 251, “He walked out on the beach to the edge of the light and stood with his clenched fists on top of his skull and fell to his knees sobbing in rage.” This quote carries a lot of emotion of the father. The boy is sick and the father feels shameful, frustrated, and helpless to the child. This sentence allows the reader to absorb the evoked emotions from this sentence and realize that the father’s sole job is to protect the boy, and now the boy may die and there is nothing that the man could do. This sentence explains the theme of father devotion to his son very well because of the fathers helpless rage when his son is dying.
Another quote found on page 287, “Goodness will find the little boy. It always has. It will again,” helps the reader realize that there is hope even though the father is dead and the son is with a new family. This quote allows for the reader to see that goodness, symbolized by the child, will always survive and will never be tainted. People will always have goodness within them, but a child will always bring out the goodness of everyone. This very powerful message I believe is one of the hidden themes in the novel. Goodness will always survive and thrive through the youth.
Lastly, throughout my reading I have collected a vocab list of all of the words that stumped me. Here they are
Glaucoma, grantic, flues, gryke, transom, vestibular, christendom, immolate, siwash, bivouacked, shill, cowl, cairns, davits.
I did also watch the movie after I read the book. It was very good and it captured all of the essence of the book. It was exactly like the book as well which was very refreshing. The visuals were amazing too and it really made the movie.