Re: RARA-AVIS: THE ROAD, Mikers last comment about the boy as Christ figure.

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 24 Mar 2007

Jack wrote:

Now that you mention it, you may be right, but I sometimes get the feeling that writers don't plan those things, they just happen in context ... although the assignment of Ely as a name might have been worked out. I'm more inclined to believe its a Freudian move, actually unknown to the author.

*********** I would be more inclined to agree with you about the choice of the name Ely as simply random if he hadn't also managed to call himself a prophet. One way or another, you and I agree that it's a great story. Everything beyond that is of less consequence.

Hemingway said that any symbolism had to be an unplanned coincidence in good writing, but he was lying. Good writing often employs very purposeful symbolism.


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