This product includes a list of analytical observations and notes on Cormac McCarthy's The Road. It could serve as a teacher reference or as a handout in an upper-level English course. The novel overview includes a page-by-page analysis of the text, focusing on and highlighting important themes, symbols, ideas, and intertextual connections. You could also use these as discussion-starters or as paper topics. This product includes a 9-page sample student paper entitled "The Function of Social Institutions in Cormac McCarthy's The Road." I teach this material at the high school level, in grades 10-12.