It's a theme that shows up in a lot of McCarthy's work, that the good people are controlled by the bad, but it's a fight worth having. I read McCarthy's The Road a few years ago, and I still think about it sometimes as an example of a certain type of book (i.e., one that tries to make vivid the stark and unpleasant realities of human existence; in other words, "dark") that makes a certain type of mistake..

He was so scarred by past interactions that he trusted nothing and no one, not even safety and sanctuary when it was staring him right in the face. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. so it probably was. Pay close attention to the last paragraph: "Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains.You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. It most likely is. This is very interesting; the randomness of the ending in the book had always annoyed me (it felt somehow "unearned" or incongruous), but that's actually a good interpretation. Welcome to /r/FanTheories! As long as the boy carries the memory of his father, humanity is saved. You are right in that the story of The Road is told thru the eyes of the Man. In the end, the father dies, having taken the son as far as he could and shaped him the best he could to both survive in that world, but also retain a sense of humanity--to be one of the good guys who are: "carrying the fire," as they state several times throughout the film. The entire exchange between the two from the movie just came back to me. Throughout the story, they question whether they still have the fire. Polished and muscular and torsional. "Growing old" is a theme he uses to purvey a multitude of different ideals, lessons, and commentaries. The hat, gun, pack, and hair are all quite similar. The central theme of the book, which I have read before seeing the movie, is that humanity is not dead.

Remember the scene where they're in the bomb shelter and the father hears a dog? Our footprint snuffed out nature, and we can't fix it, only live with it. He doesn't care about the world being horrible, and he doesn't care that the boy and man give him food, yet he is also too uncaring to just kill himself.The thief represents desperation. I know it makes the story even more depressing but theres even darker interpretations of the film. In the end, the boy’s desire to survive not only by himself, but in community with others is what has the potential to create the societal framework that is necessary for the survival of a community in the long term. And it’s through that stable basis of community and civilization, time will again become relevant, and will begin anew.

The author, Cormac McCarthy, stated in interviews that the urge to write the book came from the real-life parallel of him becoming a father again at an older age. Welcome to /r/FanTheories!

I think that the ending with the trout is meant to say that the world will fade away with the last humans and that it has been irrevocably destroyed.

Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jslk60/8395063210/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jslk60/8393979053/. Also, it's very refreshing in that it's not a wacky skewing of the plot but a metaphor that gives new insight into the story. I wrote a paper about my theory on the ending, and now I can share it! It deals with similar themes although characters and setting are completely different. But as i remember no one else in the film had dogs or animals of any kind. A hunting partner, if trained correctly. Yeah, I think that he had been burned several times before that we were never privy to, and if it did break him, maybe only the broken people are going to make it. Indeed, and if the family had been following them, then the Boy was right; it was a dog that was rattling overhead. I realize you are offering this theory for the film, but I don’t think there’s any question in the book that what happens in the ending is literal and not the boy hallucinating. He's such a master of theme, that it's really easy for him to have multiple messages.

I feel the author, Cormac McCarthy (the ending is the same in the book and film), used a brilliant technique though, in order to circumvent that problem. My Thoughts on the Ambiguous Ending of 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy. Welcome to /r/FanTheories! This is a place for fans of various creative works to share theories, interpretations and speculation related to that particular creative work. So what i got from the story is that while hope is an incredibly powerful force and its the only thing that keeps the father and son going its still just a feeling. Perhaps you can help me understand? That the so called good guys aren't that hard to find? 31. No Country for Old Men springs to mind when it's realized the generation after you will do no better than you did. Security at night from any number of dangers.

They family has a dog with them too, implying that they've been following them for some time, maybe to see if they're "normal" like them, or at least not of the people-eating persuasion. I believe that no matter the intention of the creators, the consumers interpretation of the content is more valid (unless something was completely misunderstood). Even the roaming bands of slavers and cannibals who are probably the most powerful members of humanity by that time didnt have them. they were trailing the father and son for a long time. Its been pointed out that tone of the ending clashes rather violently with the rest of the film. The bleakness of the story was always contrasted with the hopefulness of the main characters. Here, I think we have to separate "theme" from "commentary." Awesome. I closed it after I finished feeling I had wasted my time.

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