The Road Paragraph
McCarthy through his writing shows that the situation of the man and boy is dire. In the beginning, the man wakes up to a “dark… Cold… Night” in the woods (McCarthy 3). This shows that the man and his son are out of their home wandering, or lost because no one sleeps in the woods when it is cold.
In the first “gray light”, the and is given to be “barren [and] silent” with “ash blowing loosely over the blacktop” (McCarthy 4). That description depicts loneliness as well as helplessness, because the only thing moving is ash; moreover, the gray diction is for loss of hope and the deep silence has a negative connotation attached also. Therefore, without the needed supplies in a harsh the pair is left I in a life or death situation.