History Literature / TheRoad

20th Jul '17 6:29:24 PM Stellarvore
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* ScaryBlackMan: Very much averted with the thief. Yeah, he holds a knife to the Boy, but he's just in such a miserable state that he's more pitiful than scary.
11th Jul '17 10:54:20 PM LyraGRowin
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* SorryThatImDying: The man to the boy.

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* SorryThatImDying: [[spoiler: The man to the boy.]]


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* BloodFromTheMouth: One of the first signs that [[spoiler: the Man is dying.]]


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* VomitIndiscretionShot: When the boy gets sick.
23rd Jun '17 4:36:46 AM NightShade96
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* SceneryDissonance: Type 1. The film contains some horrific things. Whether or not the washed-out, decaying landscape is beautiful or not can be debated.
28th May '17 4:22:41 PM nombretomado
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''The Road'' was published by {{Cormac McCarthy}} in 2006. It garnered critical praise in America and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. The book is notable for a [[BeigeProse stark, minimalist style]] interspersed with occasional [[PurpleProse purple metaphors]]. The writing is idiomatic to say the least, eschewing most punctuation (including quotes) and occasionally including one-sentence chapters of philosophical musing.

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''The Road'' was published by {{Cormac Creator/{{Cormac McCarthy}} in 2006. It garnered critical praise in America and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. The book is notable for a [[BeigeProse stark, minimalist style]] interspersed with occasional [[PurpleProse purple metaphors]]. The writing is idiomatic to say the least, eschewing most punctuation (including quotes) and occasionally including one-sentence chapters of philosophical musing.



Like most of [=McCarthy's=] books, it was optioned for a film, and TheFilmOfTheBook (Also called ''The Road'') was released on November 25, 2009. It was directed by John Hillcoat, the director of ''TheProposition'', starring Creator/ViggoMortensen and Creator/CharlizeTheron (in a minor role). The score was done by Music/NickCave and Warren Ellis (no, not ''that'' WarrenEllis).

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Like most of [=McCarthy's=] books, it was optioned for a film, and TheFilmOfTheBook (Also called ''The Road'') was released on November 25, 2009. It was directed by John Hillcoat, the director of ''TheProposition'', starring Creator/ViggoMortensen and Creator/CharlizeTheron (in a minor role). The score was done by Music/NickCave and Warren Ellis (no, not ''that'' WarrenEllis).
Creator/WarrenEllis).
15th May '17 8:54:27 AM Eievie
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Some time after an [[UnspecifiedApocalypse unspecified extinction-level global cataclysm]], ''The Road'' follows two survivors - a man and his young son - who journey south through the ashes of the former USA in the hope of finding enough food to avoid starving to death over the coming winter in a place warm enough that they won't die of exposure either. They have only the rags on their backs, a cart of scavenged food, [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled a gun with two bullets]], and one another. As they travel, they (and the reader) bear witness to a dead world where nothing grows, nothing lives, and the sun hasn't been seen in years. 'Nothing lives' but refugees like them, wandering the country in search of food... and ever-hungry gangs of cannibals that stalk the roads.

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Some time after an [[UnspecifiedApocalypse unspecified extinction-level global cataclysm]], ''The Road'' follows two survivors - a survivors--a man and his young son - who son--who journey south through the ashes of the former USA in the hope of finding enough food to avoid starving to death over the coming winter in a place warm enough that they won't die of exposure either. They have only the rags on their backs, a cart of scavenged food, [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled a gun with two bullets]], and one another. As they travel, they (and the reader) bear witness to a dead world where nothing grows, nothing lives, and the sun hasn't been seen in years. 'Nothing lives' "Nothing lives" but refugees like them, wandering the country in search of food... and ever-hungry gangs of cannibals that stalk the roads.



* ApocalypseHow: Debatable. We don't know how much of the world is dying, but the parts that are may potentially be [[ApocalypseHow/{{Class 4}} Class 4]] - biosphere extinction has already occurred and the affected areas are in the final stages of dying. Some scientists [=McCarthy=] knows have stated that the world the novel is set in is consistent with Earth after a meteor strike or the eruption of Yellowstone Caldera, or perhaps the aftermath of a nuclear war, both of which the world has dealt with and recovered from. But just because the world (and life in some form) would be able to recover from such a disaster doesn't mean that humanity, or even ''most'' other life would.

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* ApocalypseHow: Debatable. We don't know how much of the world is dying, but the parts that are may potentially be [[ApocalypseHow/{{Class 4}} Class 4]] - biosphere 4]]--biosphere extinction has already occurred and the affected areas are in the final stages of dying. Some scientists [=McCarthy=] knows have stated that the world the novel is set in is consistent with Earth after a meteor strike or the eruption of Yellowstone Caldera, or perhaps the aftermath of a nuclear war, both of which the world has dealt with and recovered from. But just because the world (and life in some form) would be able to recover from such a disaster doesn't mean that humanity, or even ''most'' other life would.



* BornLucky: The man suspects this of his son - as much as anyone can be BornLucky AfterTheEnd, anyway. By all the available evidence, he's right.

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* BornLucky: The man suspects this of his son - as son--as much as anyone can be BornLucky AfterTheEnd, anyway. By all the available evidence, he's right.



* RapeAsDrama: Alluded to as one of the many perils on the road (one of the nomadic groups keeps a pack of teenaged sex-slaves on dog collars) - not least because it's often the precursor to [[ImAHumanitarian something worse]].

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* RapeAsDrama: Alluded to as one of the many perils on the road (one of the nomadic groups keeps a pack of teenaged sex-slaves on dog collars) - not collars)--not least because it's often the precursor to [[ImAHumanitarian something worse]].
25th Apr '17 3:24:29 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first few scenes show very clearly that the man is dedicated to protecting the boy. In the first flashback, immediately after the first sign of trouble, the man begins filling the sinks and bathtubs with water, a very real tactic for handling emergencies, showing how he's the kind of man with the right stuff to survive in this setting.



* NeverTrustATrailer: See also {{flashback}}, above.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: See also {{flashback}}, above.Charlize Theron is only in flashbacks.



* RagnarokProofing: [[SurvivalistStash The only intact bunker]] the pair find also happens to have the only functioning lights they come across... for a few seconds.
** Since its about 10 years (more or less) AfterTheEnd, a lot of stuff has long since broken down. Though there's still plenty of ammo lying around...
*** [[RealityIsUnrealistic Bullets last for a remarkably long time.]]

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* RagnarokProofing: RagnarokProofing:
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[[SurvivalistStash The only intact bunker]] the pair find also happens to have the only functioning lights they come across... for a few seconds.
** Since its it's about 10 years (more or less) AfterTheEnd, a lot of stuff has long since broken down. Though there's still plenty of ammo lying around...
*** [[RealityIsUnrealistic Bullets last for a remarkably long time.]]



* ThrowTheDogABone: On top of [[spoiler: the boy finding a new family in the end like in the book, birds and animals can be heard during the credits, assuring us that the world isn't completely dead and life will go on.]]
** On top of that, [[spoiler:it was mentioned in the beginning of the movie that every animal died. But they find a beetle towards the end. Not to forget, the family in the end has a rather healthy dog.]]

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* ThrowTheDogABone: On top of [[spoiler: the boy finding a new family in the end like in the book, birds and animals can be heard during the credits, assuring us it's implied that the world isn't completely dead and life will go on.]]
** On top of that, [[spoiler:it was mentioned in the beginning of the movie that every animal died. But they find
on. The boy finds a beetle towards in one late scene, and the end. Not to forget, the family in the end has a rather healthy dog.]]credits feature sounds of birds and animals]].
25th Jan '17 9:48:18 AM Idek618
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In a world with dwindling food resources, the cannibals stay alive by maintaining human livestock. However, it'd be more energy-efficient to slaughter them all and preserve the meat than it would to slaughter them one at a time and use the meat feed both themselves and the remaining livestock. Possibly justified in that there might not be enough salt or vinegar available, or they simply mightn't know that they can smoke it.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In a world with dwindling food resources, the cannibals stay alive by maintaining human livestock. However, it'd be more energy-efficient to slaughter them all and preserve the meat than it would to slaughter them one at a time and use the meat to feed both themselves and the remaining livestock. Possibly justified in that there might not be enough salt or vinegar available, or they simply mightn't know that they can smoke it.
8th Jan '17 2:46:12 PM Stellarvore
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[[spoiler:Yes. But in the stories we're always helping people and we dont help people.]]

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[[spoiler:Yes. [[spoiler:[[WhatTheHellHero Yes. But in the stories we're always helping people and we dont help people.people]].]]
7th Jan '17 11:06:12 AM Schitzo
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*ChildrenAreInnocent: The Man tries as hard as he can to preserve The Boy's idealism in this world, telling him stories and urging him to "carry the fire". The questionable actions he takes out of pragmatism work against this.
5th Jan '17 1:11:58 PM Stellarvore
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* CallingTheOldManOut: The Boy to the Man.

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* CallingTheOldManOut: The Boy to the Man.Man, for [[spoiler:leaving the thief to die.]]
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