I need at least one quote about free will, independence, and survival all in one quote. Thanks
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Really, your question takes looking through the book and deciding what you find appropriate. I think McCarthy blurs the lines between all your listed ideas. In a McCarthy's post-apocalyptic world, the values that we once had (like survival, independence, and free will) are now disintegrating into shadows of their former meaning. Take for instance the idea of survival. What is survival if most living creatures are dead or people are cannibals?
He [The Boy] was a long time going to sleep. After a while he turned and looked at the man. His face in the small light streaked with black from the rain like some old world thespian. Can I ask you something? he said.
[The Man:] Yes. Of course.
[The Boy:] Are we going to die?
[The Man:] Sometime. Not now.