Before the man dies, the boy is hopeless and depressed. He sees little point in life. What might change his mind after the man dies?
The boy understands that he is responsible for "carrying the fire" now that the man has died. He also encounters a new family with children of their own. This makes the boy feel that there is hope, for both himself and the future of the earth.
Why do you think the boy prefers talking to his father over talking to God?
Students may have noticed the religious undertones in the text, particularly in the relationship between the man and the boy. In several instances, the man refers to his son as a god, endowing him...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 726 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 4230 literature essays, 1407 sample college application essays, 171 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.