While looking for food for five days the father and son come across a house. While reluctant to explore the house at first they eventually give in out of desperation. Inside they find a hatch containing several people all captives of the inhabitants of the house. The inhabitants show up unexpected forcing the father and the son to escape and hide. Fearing that this is him and the boys last moments he asks himself, “Can you do it ? When the time comes? When the time comes there will be no time. Now is the time. Curse God and die.”(172) After reading this passage this may seem like a very heartless act but, it’s quite the opposite. The quotation clearly proves that the father is willing to do anything to protect his son even if it means hurting him in the process. The reason the father is choosing to shoot his own son is out of love, not wanting the people from the house to do worse things to the boy.