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Fridge: The Road
Fridge Brilliance
  • Cormac McCarthy's The Road is very well known for it's minimalistic writing style. Many people's complaints on the review section for it have led me to share this bit of info with the rest of the TV Tropes community. The minimalistic style mirrors the condition of the world. There is essentially nothing left; there is no society, an unknown global disaster caused The End of the World as We Know It that still continues to plague the world (the burning trees and snow-like ash), the majority of the population has gone insane, etc. That is all there is written BECAUSE that is all that is written.
    • It also makes sense of the bursts of very high-level words. The best example of this is salitter. Excluding that one book, this is a word that hasn't really been used in centuries. And yet it's used just as another burst in the book. Why? All the big ideas are going. All the ideas are about equally obscure when—to pluck an example—there's a chance no one could tell you the story of Little Red Riding Hood anymore. The man and the boy may come across something good, but then... —Red Wren
    • So when the world ended it took all the commas with it?
  • The minimalistic style of writing mirrors the nature of the world. There is essentially nothing left; there is no society, nature bursts into flames every now and then while the left over ash falls like snow, the skies remain gray and bleak while the sun hasn't been seen in ages, the majority of the population has gone insane, etc. That is all there is written BECAUSE that is all that is written, if you get my drift.
    • Much of the book's language reads like Waiting for Godot, the way the boy and the man repeat "okay" and "we're the good guys."

Fridge Logic
  • The family in the end somehow survived by scavenging what the father and boy missed despite being four people and a dog? How does that work?
  • Just because it's called The Road doesn't mean there is only one road.
    • It's implied in the book that the family isn't traveling by road at all:
      If you stay you need to keep out of the road. I don't know how you made it this far.
  • The Man and the Boy could not take everything in the shelter when they abandoned it. It could be that the reason the family took on the boy in the end was in thanks for leaving all that food behind.
    • Also the dog could be used to find hidden stashes of food that humans would miss.

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