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The Road by Cormac McCarthy


This isn't a review. I just have a question. I recently read The Road for one of my classes and we discussed the ending and my teacher brought up a really interesting way to look at it. I just wanted to know, from those who have read it, how you interpreted the ending of the book.


Okay, so the ending basically consists of the boy finding a family of "good guys" and lives happily ever after (kind of). Every one of the hundred or so students in my class took that as a literal ending. However, my teacher brought up the possibility that this ending was too inconsistent with the rest of the book to be taken so literally. He said that perhaps the boy is dreaming this whole scenario of a man finding him up because dreams are mentioned so much in the book and the little boy is always having bad dreams. Also, the father tells the boy at one point in the book that once he starts having good dreams, he would have given up. This invites us to believe that the boy just lies down next to his dad and dreams these happy dreams until he dies. It's depressing as anything, but it makes more sense to me than the other ending.


I was just curious to know whether anyone here thought of it that way because, like I said, no one in my class did. And so far the reviews I've been reading haven't mentioned it either. 
 
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