The Road

Section 4 pages 34-38 question 2

How old do you think the boy is? How do you know? Provide examples from the text to suggest his age.

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 The boy is probably about 9 or 10 years old. McCarthy never points this out but he is so skilled at subtlety and character that the boy's voice and tone gives us this impression. Despite the world ending, he still has a humility, curiosity and empathy that only a child can posses. He is mature enough to understand context yet he brings a pure childlike ethos that makes him almost Christ-like.