Monday, November 18, 2013
The role of the Father
The father creates a distinct new world for himself and his son. First is the new world that is his own and devoid of all parts of previous society. On page 23 the father gives the son a coke "he leaned his nose to the slight fizz coming from the can and handed it to the boy"(23). Here the father tries to create his new reality with out Coca-Cola. This is the last Coke in existence and instead of preserving it for future generations the father chooses to have the son drink it and give him the happiness rather than attempting to preserve that idea from the past for the future of their desolate society. Second when he returns to his old house he says "It's all right. We shouldnt have come" (27). This suggests that the Father wants to eliminate all of his past life and parts of past society. This was his childhood home and he says that he should not have returned even though that house contained some of the happiest memories that he had in his entire life. If he wants to leave his childhood home forever then he could be comfortable leaving all of his memories behind him and continuing to move forward. Then, when the Father refers to how the world ended " I dont know exactly. That's a good question"(43). The father definitely knows how the world ended but he chooses to not tell his son about the end of the world. this suggests that he does not want his own son to know about the end of the world, because in this new world the father wants to create a fully new reality and world, that would avoid any connection to the end of the past world. Since the father did not tell the son the news of how the world ended the world. this could also suggest that the Father does not want the burden of knowledge to fall on his son, so this could suggest that the father does not want the idea of this reality to live on. The father creates a new reality for his son and himself, as devoid of any connection to the world of the past, because he does not want to revisit the loss and atrocity of the whole world.