The Road Part 7: Oasis
The protagonists of The Road find a bunker full of water, food, electricity and a bed. If we found that bunker, we’d never leave. Do you think Pizza Hut delivers to bunkers? We’ll find out, for...sciencey reasons.
[ dog barks ]
Talk us through structurally what the bunker implies.
The bunker actually is a bright spot in the book.
And what's happening is they're kind of
walking along the road, they see a house,
they're walking through an apple orchard,
and then they find this hole in the ground.
It's kind of like the hatch in Lost where you're like, "What's inside?"
And they go in and it truly is an oasis.
It is. It has food, like canned goods like crazy.
It has water, electricity, a bed
for the boy to sleep in.
Clearly someone had the foresight
to create a safety bunker. And someone was like,
"Oh, if the world ends, this is where I'm gonna live."
Well, first of all, they can't stay,
because they know that someone will come along the road and find them.
They're kind of like a sitting duck.
But what's creepy about it is that these people --
Someone had had the forethought to create this bunker and
fill it with food and water and everything.
Those people are clearly dead.
They might be the people who they found earlier
being held for food.
And what happens is that the boy says,
"Do you think they're dead, Dad?" And the dad says,
"Yeah, I think so." And the boy says,
"Maybe we should thank them
for leaving us this food."
And there's just this moment where the boy basically
prays to these people who have
probably been cannibalized
to thank them for the food that they're being given.
And this is one of those moments where
we get the, "Is there a God? Is there not?"
This boy is praying to
cannibalized humans and thanking them for the food, instead of
God, who would not have done this to them.
[ pen writing ]
What is the bunker?
What does it say about its original owners?
What does the boy do when they find the bunker?
Archie... Archie Bunker, anyone?