In each novel of his personal literary journey, Cormac McCarthy examines death and God in different ways. Edwin T. Arnold, who wrote his essay “Blood and Grace: The Fiction of Cormac McCarthy” before The Road, examines how “McCarthy’s protagonists are most often those who, in their travels, are bereft of the voice of God and yet yearn to hear him speak” (14). In Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, the father explicitly describes his son as god; however, by juxtaposing the father and the son and examining their divine resemblances, it is not the boy but the man who embodies God, supporting Ely’s claim that this post-apocalyptic world is too harsh for God to exist.
Cormack McCarthy’s novel, The Road, is set in a post apocalyptic world, where humanity is struggling to survive. Through his simplistic writing style and powerful symbolism, McCarthy tells a story about the human condition as well as what it truly means to be human. Though it is set in a wasteland this novel still manages to project hope through the love of a boy and his father. The following passages are quotes that spoke to me stylistically or symbolically while I was reading.
As one is put through times of strife and struggle, an individual begins to lose their sense of human moral and switch into survival mode. Their main focus is their own survival, not of another's. In the post-apocalyptic novel, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, a father and son travel along the road towards the coast, while battling to survive the harsh weather and scarce food supply, as well as avoid any threats that could do them harm. Throughout their journey along the road, the father and son are exposed to the horrid remnants of humanity. As a result, the father and son constantly refer to themselves as “the good guys” and that they “carry the fire”, meaning they carry the last existing spark of humanity within themselves. By the acts of compassion
The Road by Cormac McCarthy details a post-apocalyptic world with mysterious origins. While there are many questions about this world, the reader is left to their own imagination to determine how it got that way. Within this world, there is a man and a boy, father and son trying to make their way and survive until they can find a safe haven that may or may not exist. The see many things along the way and the man instills in the boy that it is important to remain a good guy and always “carry the fire”. Carrying the fire refers to the light inside of you that makes you who you are and may also carry the “goodness” of human nature. Inevitably, the man meets his fate via a mysterious illness leaving the boy on his own. The boy is then introduced to a family that has been following them knowing that the man was not well and the boy would need someone to look after him.
In the novel “The Road’ Cormac McCarthy tells the story of a boy and his father in a post apocalyptic world. McCarthy uses many different things to create a real and terrifying view of this world. The way the book is written and the details that are added help show us the how truly dreadful the world is. It also creates an understanding of the awful condition the world is left in and the horrible state the survivors are in. Many passages throughout the book give a clear description of the world and the survivors. The novel shows the reality in a post apocalyptic world and gives a different take on the way people act and live.
The book The Road Cormac McCarthy creates a darkened mood when he puts this son and father into a destroyed world. McCarthy created this concept of a world to intensify the meaning of the piece all together. This darkness in the world creates to fear and the isolation for characters to realize that this is how life is from now on. The son in this novel comes to the realization of the world due to certain events within the novel that manipulation the view the son has on the world.
In the 21st century people seem to have become more fixated on how the world is going to end than actually living in it. This is evident in the numerous post-apocalyptic dystopian bestsellers there have been recently. One of the most prominent of those is Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Separating it from the flood of numerous other books in its genre McCarthy and The Road challenges existing motifs of post-apocalyptic literature. The Road uses these themes to focus on the central idea of good vs evil.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy takes place in a post- apocalyptic world where a man and his son are trying to survive, one arduous day at a time; however starvation, sickness, and death stare them right in the face. No one knows what happened to the world, or why it is now a barren wasteland. All animals seem to be extinct. This man and his son seem to be somewhere north because throughout the book they talk about going south. The boy says, “And we’re still going south.” And the man answers, “Yes.” (10). The man had a wife but she left. She says “I’ve taken a new lover. He can give me what you cannot.” and he replies “Death is not a lover.” (56) She ends up leaving them and she is depicted to of died. The story begins with this man and his son sleeping in the woods. When they awake, they begin to go south because apparently it’s warm there. These two wander the roads of the long forgotten cities looking for food and warmth. They push a cart carrying some of their salvaged goods and blankets. The blankets are essential because the only thing keeping them warm is a parka and worn out pants. They continue on their journey
“The nights were blinding cold and casket black and the long reach of the morning had a terrible silence to it. Like a dawn before battle,” (McCarthy 129). In the book The Road, written by Cormac McCarthy, a father and a boy are traveling towards what they hope is survival. They are in a post-apocalyptic world where all is lost.
Heros… We hear on the news all the time that, this person is a hero for doing xyz, or this person is a hero of doing a different xyz; Well one author decided to write about a hero, a made up hero. This hero isn’t superman, or batman, nor does this hear even have a hero sounding name, to some people they can’t imagine this person ever being a hero because they don’t know him. This hero is Papa from the novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
Both for the young and old, love is vital when trying to maintain hope and faith. Love is the candel needed to shed the light required to navigate one’s life. In the novel The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, by the boy acting as the man's moral, spiritual, and motivational compass, the author depicts his belief of how love will keep one strong even in the darkest of times.
In The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, the father ultimately sacrifices himself because he knows he taught his son well and believes in him to live a better life than dragging him along when he’s on the verge of death. The true reason he sacrifices so many things is only so his son has a better life than he does. If it wasn’t for his son, he wouldn’t have the strength to continue on the moving journey to the South for as long as he did. Through every sacrifice the father makes, it strengthens the son and gives him more hope to live and fight even when there is hardly anything left in the world. By the father sacrificing everything he has including food, warmth, and protection it shows the love for his son, and he only does
In The Road by Cormac McCarthy, a boy and a man battle the unforgiving voyage of a world where an apocolypse has occoured. They leave everything they have to go and try to find some safety and refuge. The two battle to stay alive versing hunger, dehydration, and cannibalism. There are many points in the book where I didn’t think they were going to make it, where I thought they were going to just lay down and give up. Yet they don't give up at all, they keep going until they cannot go anymore.
Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is his post-apocalyptic magnus opus which combines a riveting plot along with an unconventional prose style. Released in 2006, the novel has won awards such as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award (Wilson). Oprah Winfrey also selected the book for her book club ("Cormac McCarthy”). The author, Cormac McCarthy, was born in 1933 in Rhode Island and is said to have wrote the novel because of his son and their relationship. The Road centers around a boy and his father while they try to survive after an unknown disaster occurs. While some people may argue that the unusual style takes away from the novel, it adds to the tone and meaning of the work.
Imagine yourself living in a barren, desolate, cold, dreary world, with a constant fear of the future. The Road, written by Cormac McCarthy and published in 2006, is a vivid and heartwarming novel that takes us through the journey of a father and a son as they travel South in a post-apocalyptic environment facing persistent challenges and struggles. McCarthy proves that love unleashes immense strength to overcome obstacles, even in times of desperation.