What Are The Good Guys In The Road

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In the novel The Road, Cormac McCarthy shows that “the good guys. Keep trying. They don’t give up.” (McCarthy 137) As one of the good guys, the man has to teach the son to carry the fire so he can replenish the earth by turning the world from evil. If the man does not do this the son will not have anything to live for and will want to die with the man. The man and son have only a few pieces of hope keeping them going; without the son the man would have given up but in the hardest times they remind each other to carry the fire ¬– to remain “good” guys in a bad world.
In the dark grey world, the man and son carry the fire day by day and keep the hope shining bright in order to remain “good guys”. McCarthy separates the good guys from the bad
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Athena taught Prometheus many useful things just as the man “taught [the son] to carry the fire to remain a “good guy” just as Prometheus lost the fire, but stole it back to regain the way of the new world.” (Kunsa) The man and son rely on each other but the son knows the man is about to die. He has to take all his teachings and remain the “good guy” and figure out a way to regain a new world just as Prometheus returned fire to men to keep mankind’s world safe: “The son will complete his father’s vision to carry the fire into the new world, this is needed to restore the ruined land.” (King) The teachings the man taught the son will lead him to becoming a fierce man who will never stop carrying the fire. When the son finally makes it to the new world the man he meets doesn’t know what carrying the fire is but he soon understands: “How do I know you’re one of the good guys? You don’t. You’ll have to take a shot. Are you carrying the fire? Am I what? Carrying the fire.” (McCarthy 283) The son is entering into a new world when he meets his first “good guy” and asks if he is carrying the fire to decide whether or not he should leave with him. Prometheus and the son have learned to carry the fire in order to restore the ruined

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