The Road Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe how the author creates a sparse, bleak feeling at the beginning of the novel.

The author creates a sparse and bleak feeling in the novel through language as well as through the story. At the beginning of the novel, the sentences are fragmented; this fragmented style fits the novel well. The author uses the descriptions of his surroundings to portray the father and son's hopeless situation. The darkness is unrelenting and the author explains how the days give out little light.

2. Explain how the author's descriptions and use of language set the tone for the rest of the novel.

The author's bleak descriptions and fragmented writing set the tone for the rest of the novel by showing the depressing situation of the father and son. Their situation makes the reader wonder why they even carry on.

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