The Road


Cormac McCarthy

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The Road

As it makes up the title of the novel and its main setting, the road is the most important symbol of The Road. The roads are one of the few things that couldn’t be… (read full symbol analysis)

The Flarepistol

The man finds the flarepistol in an abandoned boat. He and the boy later shoot it off over the ocean just to see the spectacle, but they have no hope that any “good guys” will… (read full symbol analysis)

“Carrying the Fire”

The man often uses the phrase “carrying the fire” to describe his dogged perseverance in surviving the post-apocalyptic world. While the woman killed herself in despair, the man commits to being a survivor, and he… (read full symbol analysis)