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...
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