The poet W.H. Auden wrote (doubtless with tongue in cheek) that "poetry makes nothing happen." The Road offers us no equations, no new facts about species or food webs. But does it nonetheless make something happen?
In The Road, how do the father and son negotiate? When do they do what the father wants? What the son wants? How do these negotiated decisions work out?
Is the level to which we are capable of deception a reflection of our evolved nature? Is there any value in being able to deceive others?
Are there any examples of pure altruism in The Road? Does hardship encourage or discourage altruism?
Has anything constructive emerged from the conflict in The Road? What examples of conflict and creativity can you find in the book? Do you think we can harness and manage conflict productively?
What signs of recovery are in the book? Is there any indication of what new relationships might evolve in this changed ecosystem?