The Road Part 10: Apocalyptic Dreamin
You ever have that dream where all of your teeth fall out? It’s the worst. ...That has nothing to do with this video. We just find that dream unsettling and alarming. Anyway, check out the video to learn about the roles of dreams in The Road.
[ dog barks ]
Why are there so many dreams in the novel?
There are a ton of dreams throughout the book.
It actually opens with a dream.
The man is having this really creepy dream
about the boy leading him along
and this weird creature.
But throughout the book, they have dreams,
they have nightmares.
And kind of the sense we get,
what the father tells the son, is that
you can't have good dreams
in such a destitute time.
If you start having good dreams, it means you've lost touch with reality
and you're on your way out.
And so whenever anyone has a good dream in the book,
it's a bad sign.
So when the husband starts dreaming of
happiness in the past or
hope for the future,
we start to think,
"Okay, something's not right."
The only dreams that make sense
are the nightmares, because your dreams are reflecting what's happening to you
during the day.
So if you're dreaming good things, it means you're coming toward your end.
If you're having these nightmares, it means that
you're just dreaming what's actually happening to you.
[ pen writing ]
How does the man feel about dreams?
Why are nightmares a good thing?
And nightmares are never really a good thing.