Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Road 94-118

Parallel: The idea of feet and shows shows up a lot in this book. On page 99 the father is worried about wrapping up the boys feet, and on 105 it says, "the plastic bags over their feet had long since worn through and their feet were wet and cold". I think is important because it shows how scarce simple things are in this new world, like shoes.

Contrast: On page 96 it says, "He fought back the rage. Useless. He didn't think the boy could travel much more". Then, the boy falls on page 99 and the father picks him up and says, "I'm sorry," he said. "I'm sorry". The fathers emotions towards his situation with his son changes throughout this section. He gets angry at first, but then apologizes for letting his son fall

?s: Is the father lying about them dying?
Why were the heads there?

The Road Pgs. 73-93

Parallel: Throughout this section I found that the father and son like to identify themselves as sort of a team. On page 77 the son asks his father if there still the good guys and he replies, "Yep. We're still the good guys". Then, on page 83 the son asks if they're going to be ok and the father says, "Yes. Because we're carrying the fire". This idea repeats to emphasize the strength their relationship has. I think the "fire" they're carrying represents the love they have for each other. This love is the reason why they're both still alive and pushing to stay that way.

Contrast: On page 74 the father thinks to himself, "I wash a dead man's brains out of his hair. That is my job". Here, it seems that he is a bad guy, washing parts of the man he killed out of his own sons hair. But then one page 77 he talks with his son about how they're the good guys. A big question throughout this book is what defines good and evil in a world of nothing?

2 ?s: Why does the man think that his son is sad when he's playing the flute?
Did the man kill the dog?

The Road- Section 1

The road- journal topics

Questions: 1. What is the Dad questioning doing? (Pg. 29) 
2. Who is the woman in the mans dream? 

Contrasts and Parallels:

Parallel: The idea of "ever" is repeated in this first section. On page 24, the boy asks his father if this is the last soda he'll ever get to drink and his father responds, "ever's a long time". On page 28 it says, "Ever is a long time. But the boy knew what he knew. That ever is no time at all". I think "ever" represents the idea that the end is unknown for the father and his son. They don't know when they're going to die or if they'll ever find a place beyond the ash. 

Contrast: On page 15 it says, "A blackness to hurt your ears with listening" and then, "No sound but the wind in the bare and blackened trees". These lines contrast because one states that the ears are hurting and another says there is no sound. How could ears be hurting with no sound to cause it? I think McCarthy is trying to emphasize how quiet and dead the world is that it even causes pain to the ears. The pain of wanting to hear something. 

Memory: In this section, we only hear about the fathers memories. The boy doesn't have many specific, intriguing ones because he's grown up in a world of nothing. Memory is such an important theme in this book because it's the only thing people have to hold on to. The positive memory the father has of the lake is a positive thing he can look back on, which can help him move forward towards the hopeless future. Memories are also things the father can share with his son, which can get their minds off what they're going through. The memories help remind them that there once was a world before all of this darkness. 

McCarthys created world: The father's whole world is revolved around the safety and life of his son. His wife left them because she couldn't do it anymore, but he won't give up on his son. His son is his reason for living. He tries to create a safe world for his son and is always there to answer he questions and reassure him. On page 35 the boy asks, "how do you know?" and he replies, "I just know". The father's role in this world is to protect his son: "My job is to take care of you" (77). 

My Creation: On page 66, the father shoots the man that was holding his son at knife point. It says, "The boy was lying in his lap with no expression on his face at all". For this moment, I would use a close up of the boys face. I think the idea that he had no expression is very important. This expression would really show how much the boy has been through because he's so used to blood and violence that it doesn't come as much of a shock. This scene would have a collection of shots switching between the boy and his father, expressing the difference in their state of mind. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Section #1: Pages 9-106

Contrast: "Once or twice, some quiet sobbing out of sight" (pg 15). "Or the slamming of kitchen cupboard doors" (pg 15). This is a contrast of sadness and anger. When reading about the quiet sobbing, readers can assume that she's a sad woman. But then we realize, through the slamming of cupboards, that she is also angry. The difference of emotion shows us that she is very complicated and creates a confusing environment for David.

Parallel: In this first section, we see/read about his mother slamming cupboards, his father hitting a punching bag, and his brother beating his drums. The idea of anger and violence is repeated and shown through every character so far, except David.

Question: Who's the character that comes to watch David while his mom's out?

Images: In both images on page 17, David is simply a figure in the background. My eye is drawn to his father in the first picture. David sits in the shadow, trying to explain how he felt out of place as a child. The darkness he's in emphasizes his distance from his father. In the second image, we see a close-up of his brother. David is standing in the distance, again trying to show how he is out of place. This time, his brother is shaded, but since we have a close-up of him we are drawn to him first. In both images, David is a different "color" than his family, portraying his uniqueness. He is the only one in the family that doesn't use force/violence to get anger out and these images help readers discover the importance/impact of that difference.

Section #2: Pages 107-156

Contrast: When Mrs. Dillon noticed the growth on David's neck, his Mom was very angry about having to spend money on a doctor. She screams at David and becomes very frustrated. A couple pages later, the pictures show her spending loads of money on a car and furniture. This contrast shows the resentment his Mom has towards him. She blames David for spending money on something that isn't his fault, and then goes and spends money on things she does not need.

Question: Did David's dad really get a raise? Or just decide to spend his money on his wife?

Images: On page 122, his mom is shaded dark in all 3 frames. In the last image, she is screaming at David about spending money on a doctor. In this image we also get a close-up of her face, showing her true anger and disgust. The background is white which emphasizes the darkness in her face. The shading represents her dark tone and attitude.

Section #3: Pages 157-242

Parallel: On page 182, David dreams that he is exploring his mouth after surgery. He's disappointed when he finds out the doctors have taken away one of his vocal chords. And then on page 216, he finds himself "living" in his mouth again. This image represents how trapped and alone David feels.

Question: What is the animal/thing David dreams about on pages 196-200? Why is it saying Mama?

Frames: On pages 204-205, we see frames only showing David's eyes. He's reading the letter that his mother wrote, discovering that he has cancer. As he reads more into the letters, the shots get more and more close-up. This way readers can see the true confusion, anger, and fear of David. All the frames stay the same size, until the last one. At first we see anger in David's eyes, then confusion, and in the last frame sadness. The last frame is the largest to show that he's more upset than angry or confused.  

Section #4: Pages 243-312

Parallel: David had been used to lies after he was kept in the dark about his health. His therapist was the first one to tell him the truth about something. He tells him that his mother does not love him. Later in the section, his father decides to tell him the truth about something as well. He admits to giving his son cancer after all the x-rays he put him through. For once, David discovers a lot of truth.

Question: Did David's mother tell his therapist that she did not love him? Was that her way of telling him?

Images: On pages 260-261, all the images are shaded dark. There's also a lot of rain and clouds. These images portray David's emotions after being told that his mother does not love him. There are no people in these pictures, representing his emptiness. He feels alone at this point and these images are there to express his state of mind.

Section #5: Pages 315-back

Contrast: In the beginning of the section, David is living inside an enclosed wall. He stays content here until he finds his mother making a pathway for him to leave. Even though he feels stay safe, he is being told to leave.

Question: What is the significance of the car? Is there one?

Images: The image on the last page represents what his future could have been like. The building is shaded dark, making it look cold and lonely. His mother is shown at the bottom, guiding him towards this building. The only thing on the next page are the words, "I didn't". This page is white and seems almost bright. This represents how for once, he didn't let his family influence his future. He turned his once dark life into something bright.