Sunday, December 8, 2013

the road blog post 161-184

parallel: on page 173 the old man personifies death by saying "Nobody here but death and his days will be numbered too" earlier in the book his wife makes a similar personification when she says death is a new lover she will take instead of the man on page 58. death is a common theme throughout the book that everybody still living faces on a daily basis.

Contrast: in this passage the man and the boy meet and old man named Ely and the very fact that we know his mane is a contrast for the entire book because we have not yet learned the names the man or the boy.

Question: Why does the boy feel the need to help everyone he meets on the road especially when they would not return the favor as Ely tells the man?

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