Joseph Kugelmass reads McCarthy’s The Road as a Christian parable.
The Road is a Christian parable; that is its most important quality, and its downfall.
I don’t read this in the novel.
In The Road we slowly acquire the fear that the boy will have to face the world alone (I hate to say it but this is how I wanted he novel to end). This fear is everpresent in the father. The gulf between the father is not a rejection of “kinship” but a simple misunderstanding. The father’s fear is embodied in the world’s imagery. It’s a novel about vulnerability. Every parent’s nightmare.