The Road Part 6: Alone
Beware of the anti-prophets. And of like...wasps, and fire, and stuff...just exercise caution in general, okay, Shmoopers? We worry. Once you’re done buying a protective bubble to live in, hit play to learn more about Ely the Anti-prophet.
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Who is Eli?
Eli's actually the only
person in the entire story with a name.
He is a guy,
a very old man, who they run into along the road.
His name maybe isn't actually even Eli.
He says, "My name's not Eli, but that's what people call me."
But he is one of these
characters who the boy questions how they should treat him.
The man says, "We don't need to do anything for him.
We don't need to give him food. We don't need to help him.
We're on our own here. We're protecting ourselves."
And the boy says ,"No, no, no. Give him food.
Help him. Let's do things for him."
So it kind of shows, highlights,
the boy as having the most humanity of anyone in the book.
Even the father is there just to protect the boy,
and the boy still kind of holds onto this
goodness that we think of
that maybe that can be brought back into the world.
But Eli also plays an important role because he is
the prophet of the book.
If you think about the prophet Elijah,
- Eli, they have similar names. - He would be Morgan Freeman.
Exactly. He totally would be.
Except Morgan Freeman doesn't play him in the movie.
So, yeah, he's this kind of prophet type guy,
but he speaks --
He says things that are completely incomprehensible.
And we kind of wonder
if he's an anti-prophet.
And it's kind of the idea that
there's just no such thing as a prophet
in a world that has gone so dark
like in The Road.
So the character who is the would-be prophet
can't actually help them or give them any sage advice.
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Who is Eli and how did they meet him?
How does Eli bring out the goodness in the boy?
Is Eli crazy?
What is the novel's stance on prophets and God?
Anyone prophecy the winning lotto numbers here?
We could use some help.