The Question and Answer section for The Road is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
We learn that the boy is empathetic and a Christ-figure. The father and the son encounter a man on the road whose footsteps have left tracks in the road tar. The man has been struck by lightning and is heavily burnt. The boy wishes to stop and...
THe Father can barely feed and protect his own son. Father also trusts nobody. The boy may have adults who seek to do them harm.
The boy feels badly that they are in somebody else's place and are eating their food. The boy also feels badly because other people are starving.