• The Road 
     
     
    lesson outline: focus (genre, characterization, plot, structure, authorial devices, theme)

    McCarthy approved themes from Oprah's book club: http://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/Fiction-and-Scientific-Themes-in-The-Road-by-Cormac-McCarthy/1
     
    McCarthy approved themes: Five of Six that we will explore through class discussion. These are also the themes that you will use for your paper.
     

    The End Of The World: Extinction And Reemergence Of Life 

    The Struggle For Survival: Conflict And Creativity

    The Golden Rule: Selfishness And Altruism

    Honesty And Deception In A Complex World

    Conflict, Negotiation, And Shared Fate

     

    McCarthy interview: http://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/Oprahs-Exclusive-Interview-with-Cormac-McCarthy-Video


    Make certain that you have finished reading The Road.  Watching the movie is not reading the book. 
    Perhaps following the following reading schedule and the novel study packet with vocabulary can help:
     
    Sections 1 and 2: pages 1-59
     
    Sections 3 and 4: pages 60-107
     
    Sections 5 and 6: pages 108-184
     
    Sections 7 and 8: pages 184-232
     
    Sections 9 and 10: pages 232-287, the end of the book