The Road

Section 12 pages 145-156 q 9

McCarthy compares the open hatchway to a grave 

- what might be his reasons for doing this? What might it - the shelter - represent? 

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Although the hatchway meant incredible respite for the boy and man, it was a dead end. They were trapped beneath the ground with no light. They could stay for a while but could not stay there indefinitely. If they stayed, they would die there.