Trust is key

Trust is Key

Throughout the book The Road, many themes were present. The one that grasped my attention the most was trust. Trust is the one thing that keeps humans bonded together. Without it, there would be no adhesive or connection to others. To me few people understand how important trust is. In order to learn grow and develop you have to rely on this invaluable trait. The story The Road expresses trust profoundly through the relationship of the father and the boy. The boy’s only hope for survival is to be dependent on his father, he looks up to him in hopes of a better future. Even when the boy isn’t sure of what is right and wrong or even if the father is always displaying good, he has to rely on trust. Other people the father and the boy run into also display some version of trust. The father is reluctant to let his guard down for anyone, while the boy is incredibly inviting, even to Ely and the thief when they tried to do harm to the boy. The important concept here is to determine the critical essentials in life that allows humans to persevere even through desperate times. Mastering the right qualities in life will guarantee evolution.

—Found poem by Connor Cottrell, excerpted from The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (2006). New York: Kindle Edition, pp. 3, 24, 14, 40, 185, 188


The air grew thin

Perhaps tomorrow,

Tomorrow came and went.

I always believe you,

Yes I do, I have to.


Who is it?

I don’t know,

Who is anybody?


What if the bad guys saw it?

The light was failing.

I don’t know what we’re doing.


Are we going to die?

He held the boy close to him.

Everything trembling.

The boy clung to him crying,

His head buried against his chest.

It’s gone now.

We’re alright.


How do I know your one of the good guys?

You have my whole heart,

You always did.

I think I want to say goodbye to him.

Okay I might, but we’re not dying.


McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2006. Kindle Edition. Kindle AZW File.


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