The Road

Section 14 pages 168-180 q 8

Why does McCarthy continue to avoid specifying where the protagonists are?

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This is because the protagonists are nowhere. Other than the ocean, there is no destination. Considering the world has ended and humanity is now left to cannibals and marauding sociopaths:the ocean may as well be nowhere too. McCarthy always infuses a sense of no refuge or destination in his story. This reflects the idea that humanity has played its last cards and lost.