1. Why do you think Cormac has chosen not to give his characters names? How do the generic labels of the man* and the boy* affect the way in which readers relate to them?
2. How is Cormac able to make the post-apocalyptic world of The Road (Links to an external site.) seem so real and utterly terrifying? Which descriptive passages are especially vivid and visceral
in their depiction of this blasted landscape? What do you find to be the most horrifying features of this world and the survivors who inhabit it?
3. The man and the boy think of themselves as the ‘good guys.’ In what ways are they like and unlike the ‘bad guys’ they encounter? What do you think Cormac is suggesting in the scenes in which the
boy begs his father to be merciful to the strangers they encounter on the road? How is the boy able to retain his compassion—to be, as one reviewer put it, “compassion incarnate*?