Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tone in The Road

Type three sentences that really set a horrific tone. Put these sentences in quotes and provide the page number. Then, type three of your own sentences explaining how/why The Road creates such powerful responses in the reader.


  1. Bauske logan .. p3

    "when we woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him" page 1.

    this sets the the tone that the book is dark and cold. it shows that they dont have a house. it shows that the boy and his dad are sleeping outside in the cold.

  2. Rohde4
    (He put his ear to the side of the trailer and whacked the sheet metal with the flat of his hand. It sounds empty, he said. You can probably get in from the roof. Somebody would have probably cut a hole in the side of it by now. Pg 46)

    The road creates a power response to the reader by us learning and maybe picturing on what they have to do to make it through challenges they face that come about them, we learn about how they use there skills and knowledge wisely to help them through the treacherous conditions that come about them and slow them down while trying to head south to escape the cold

  3. Lee Pd.4
    "And on the far shore a creature that raised its dripping mouth from the rimstone pool and stared into the light with eyes dead white and sightless as the eggs of spiders," page 3. "A corpse in a doorway dried to leather," page 12. "The mummied dead everywhere," page 24. The road creates powerful responses because it makes you think about what it would be like to put yourself in their shoes. What would it be like to be in that situation, so the reader automatically gets drawn in to the story when the characters are in a bad situation, or if there is a sense of danger.

  4. "He was as burntlooking as the country, his clothing scorched and black." page 49

    "He coughed till he could taste the blood and he said her name aloud." page 54

    "Dried blood dark in the leaves." page 70

    The author, Cormac McCarthy, wants to invoke a sense of fear from inside you. He uses short choppy sentences with a lot of typo's to confuse you and to try to connect you with the dad and the son in the story. Cover of the book is plain black and he uses vivid adjectives to take your imagination into this post-apocalyptic world.

    Vadim Onishchuk Period 5

  5. Highland pd4
    “The blackness he woke to on those nights was sightless and impenetrable.” Page 15. “A boarhide nailed to a barndoor. Ratty. Wisp of a tail. Inside the barn three bodies hanging from the rafters, dried and dusty among the wan slats of light.” Page 17.
    “Burnt forests for miles along the slopes and snow sooner than he would have thought.” Pages 29-30
    The first sentence on page 15 gives u a dark tone, both fugitively and infinitively speaking. It shows how black and how hard things are to get through it all. The second sentence on page 17 gives u a tone on how others may feel about the world. The three that hang themselves seem to rather die then keep living in the world that has become. The third sentence on pages 29-30 gives u a tone of a ruined and helpless world, but then again some things have to be ruined and remade.

  6. Erikson91

    "it took two days to cross that ashen scabland. the road beyond ran along the crest of a ridge where the barren woodland fell away on ever side. it's snowing, the boy said. he looked a the sky."
    page. 16
    i beleive that it sets the tone for the reader because it tells us in detail that the earth is not green any more there is no bright colors there are just black gray and white that seem to blend together and mash into a dark and gloomy gray and that covers the "scabland" in the road. that word scabland shows and tells you that this is an unpleasent place to be in

  7. CW P4
    page 4- Barren, silent, godless.
    page 15- The blackness he woke to on those nights was sightless and impenetrable.
    page 30- slogging to the edge of the road with his back to the child where he stood bent with his hands on his knees, coughing. On the gray snow a fine mist of blood.

    I decided that page four was a horrific tone because it lets you in on how isolate it is in this world, how lonely you will be.
    I picked page fifteen because it shows you how much he relys on his sight to make sure there is no danger around. This gives you an insight on how dangerous this world really is.
    I chose page thirty because it's sad. This page shows you that the father is sick, it also makes you question what will happen to the boy when the father is gone.

  8. Johnson pd4
    "Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before"(1). "It was the first time that he'd seen the boy smile in a long time(19). "The weather lifted and the cold and they came at last into the broad lowland river valley, the pieced farmland still visible, everything dead to the root along the barren bottomlands(21).

    The road is such a reality because I believe that a nuclear holocaust will cause all humanity to live that way; among the dark and coldest days of night. I think the little boy not smiling a whole lot through out the story creates a sense of sadness and fear. The land's almost desolate features creates the feelings of isolation and of disgust for what humanity did.

  9. Thie-Hooza

    "Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before." (p.3)
    "They came upon him shuffling along the road before them, dragging one leg slightly and stopping from time to time to stand stooped and uncertain before setting out again." (p.49)
    "The burned man had fallen over and at the distance you couldnt even tell what it was." (p.50)
    1. McCarthy is trying to tell the readers that if we do not take care of the world, this may happen.
    2. He wrote about things that some people never think would happen like all you see is ash falling from the sky.
    3. When reading the book he tends to not put some apostrophy's in, where there should actually be one.

  10. "When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him." "Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more grey each one than what had gone before." "Like the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away from the world." page 3.Cormac McCarthy created a world in the novel The Road because he wanted the whole world to seee that someday the world would end and what would happen. No one wanted the world to end it just suddenly happened on its own. No one really knows how the world would end but it did. No one wanted the world to end up like this but it happened. The Road creates a world for the reader to experience because he wanted to seee what would happen if the world ended. Cormac McCarthy is a very good author and make the world of The Road come to life.

  11. James W. P.4
    “I wish I was with mom. He didn’t answer. He sat next to the small figure wrapped up in quilts and blankets. After a while he said, you mean you wish you were dead.”
    Pg. 55

    I believe that this creates a strong response in the readers of this book because it shows how the kid and his father both get along so well. I also think that the hurt from the mother not being there and the dad has to explain everything to his son is something that people see as a strong will and a love that lasts even in the toughest times. This book has so much death and so much love that I myself would recommend this to anyone who like post apocalyptic movies and books, there are many things that catch your attention you just stop and think what in the world has happened.