Secondary Characters In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

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“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt. In Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, world peace in no longer an option, but relationships with other people are perhaps the most valuable asset of survival. As readers already know, the father and his boy have a very close unwavering relationship, but secondary characters also have relationships with the two. Every secondary character has their own unique effect on the two protagonists lives and morals.
The first character affects mostly the father. The wife and mother of the boy killed herself when the boy was very young. Though she was just a memory
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After an arduous journey to the southern coast, the father dies. His last words are, “Goodness will find the little boy, It always has, It will again”(281).His father’s last words were and example of foreshadowing because while mourning for his father, a man approaches him. They discussed the boy’s father, and then the man said, “You got two choices here. There was some discussion about whether or not to even com after you at all. You can stay here with your papa and die or you can go with me”(283). The man takes him back to his wife and two kids. During the course of the novel, the boy became more and more of an individual and less reliant of his father, but he would have most likely died if it wasn’t for the generosity of the family. In the book, it says that the boy “stayed there for three days” and that “He piled all the blankets on his father and he was cold and hungry”(281). This does not seem like a wise decision for survival, and his father definitely wouldn't have agreed with his choice. Even as the man approached him, the boy did not flee. In a way, the boy seems to have given up, and the family was generous enough to take him under their wing as one of their own giving the boy

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