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just after the nameless apocalypse

depends on his father for survival and his own innate kindness and innocence

despite the violence of his circumstances, his is the most compassionate and pure character in the book



the boy constantly asks the man questions, looking for reassurance and some kind of order in the world



he trusts almost everyone he meets on the road and wants to help them

childlike naivete, but the boy feels like he is bearing the moral responsibility of the pair- "good guys"


reliigous figure

the man looks at the boy as a kind of religious figure, a golden-haired angel who is the last bastion of humanity and purity. A symbol of hope

"I am the one"

"I never thought to see a child again"


man dies

when his father dies, the boy continues to talk to the man in his head.

"just take me with you. Please"


father-son relationship

"Are you okay? he said. The boy nodded"

"you think I might lie to you about dying. Yes"


loss of innocence

"the boy had seen a charred human infant headless and gutted and blackening on the spit"

"he was just hungry, Papa. He's going to die"