It is easy to tell that the largest part of the essay talks about death without a reason or pity. This theme of the book is widely spread throughout out the story considering that there is no life in the city and the man and the boy are struggling to keep it together and live another day. From the extract above the theme of death is shown by the boat on the beach that has no sign of life after all the people on bound died from a rough and bad sea. Moreover, as the man is walking along the shore, he sees a corpse and wishes that he could cover it up for the boy not to see, but by now the boy had seen too much of the bad things (Kerouac, Dillon, & Audible, Inc, 2016,). From the events that have occurred in the story, I would say that the author was right to say that much of the death in the story had no choice, reason or pity since most of the people perished for nothing and nothing could have been done to save their lives.
The primary reason the man did not trust the four strangers was the fact that he could not trust anyone and he believed that all other people were bad guys except the boy and him despite the lack of a measure to differentiate good people from bad guys. Given all that has happened between the two of them, it was hard for the man to trust anybody else apart from his boy and himself (Kerouac, Dillon, & Audible, Inc, 2016,). Lack of trust was also the main reason he was carrying his gun around and ready to shoot anyone who would attempt to come between him and his boy.
Kerouac, J., Dillon, M., & Audible, Inc. (2016). On the road