Analyzing the role of memories and dreams in communicating one central theme What role do memories and dreams play in communicating one central theme of The Road? How do they offer new insight about the characters, setting, and plot? The setting of The Road is obviously extreme. The father is often haunted by both memories and dreams of the disappeared world. They represent the degree to which the man struggles to come to terms with his reality and its ever-present danger. Your analysis MUST rely on quotes from the book that represent dreams and flashbacks. Sections of the book that might be central to your overall argument could be from the following list: the long flashback near the beginning of the book about the mother's suicide, the rough men and the burning snakes, the "dreams of peril," the opening dream of the book in the cave with the boy, among others. For this essay, it is vital that you establish which theme of the book you’ll be investigating as early as possible (there are many possible themes to analyze!). This essay prompt will put you in the most direct contact with the book’s most significant metaphors.