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
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.
Every author creates some type of conflict to have the reader sitting on the edge of their seats whether the conflict be man versus man, man versus self, or man versus nature. The novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy wrote a story about both a man and a boy who have particularly conflicting characteristics when it comes to decision making. The boy in the story is very optimistic about everything and the man can be pessimistic when either deciding on what to do or when thinking about life or the future. In addition, both characters have different outlooks and personalities that can sometimes collide.
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.
“It isn’t just setting, that hoary old English class topic. It’s place and space and shape that bring us to ideas and psychology and history and dynamism.” (Foster 182). In How To Read Literature Like A Professor, Foster notes geography being an idea which can expose the themes of a work, and develop characters. Similarly, In The Road, a novel by Cormac McCarthy, published in 2006, uses geography to reveal the deeper meaning of the work, and develop the moral traits of the man, a main character. McCarthy utilizes the weather, atmosphere, beach, and the human population in the novel in order to reveal the themes of cynicism, fatherly love and mortality through the man.
Archetypal criticism follows a basic rule of categorizing or relating any work of literature into a set framework. It works from a subjective basis, it is used to determine and grasp the ideas of universal truths messages through literary work. The universal truths and messages are determined by identifying patterns like character types, storylines, settings, symbols. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a novel that accurately exemplifies the principles of archetypal criticism. This narrative account associates the characters of a young minor and his father to encapsulate the ideas of archetypal criticism. McCarthy presents the novel by setting the scene of a death-defying journey through a post-apocalyptic wasteland of America. The young lad
McCarthy’s novel and Hillcoat’s film adaptation of The Road portray a father and son’s arduous journey for survival, through key scenes, themes and flashbacks.
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, describes the journey to the southern United States taken by a young boy and his father after an unnamed catastrophe has struck the world both of which travel through the rough terrain of the southeastern United States. The conditions they face are horrific: rotted corpses, landscapes devastated by fire, abandoned towns and houses. The father and his son struggle to survive in the harsh weather with little food, supplies, or shelter. Despite their struggles, the man and the child survive, convincing themselves that they are the "good guys". However, the father's health worsens as they travel, and by the time they reach the ocean, he is near death. He continually coughs up blood, and the two are forced to move at ever slowing rates each day. Finally, he dies in the woods lying next to his son in the middle of the night. The boy remains by his side for several days after his death, but eventually the boy meets a kind family who invite him to join them. The boy must say goodbye to his father and embark on a new journey with this family. Mankind has two meanings, the first being “the fact or condition of being human; human nature.” and the second being “humaneness;
Have you ever pictured something happening to the world? Isis is being very harsh to our world. They have attacked several parts of the world, killing everyone they come across, mainly the Christians. In the novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy had something very horrible happen that made the world as we know it go away. Very few people were still alive during the novel and created a great deal of drama in the novel. They happened to come across challenges from trying to get food, keeping warm, and also running from the “bad guys.” The novel never said what exactly happened, but the readers have many questions regarding what happened. Was there some kind of global natural disaster? Did an asteroid collide into the earth? All the plant life was dead. The readers consider these questions because places were scorched to the ground by a fire. They know how to get through their problems, even if it is a matter of killing someone to protect each other. There will be hope even in the bleakest circumstance. In the Walking Dead, they have to keep hope throughout the
In a novel by William Styron, a father tells his son that life "is a search for justice". Cormac McCarthy's The Road embodies this quote. In The Road, the boy searches for justice throughout the novel. The boy's determination to be a good person incites his search. However, the boy does not fully understand the meaning of justice, therefore, his search is difficult.
Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road is, among other things, a meditation on morality, what makes human life meaningful, and the relationship between these things and God. While the novel is rife with religious imagery and
During my summer, I read The Road, written by Cormac McCarthy. The novel, broadly summarized, is about the journey of a father and his son (both of which are never named throughout the story), heading southward in a post-apocalyptic setting that is covered with ash. The exact place in which the two are in is unknown, but it is widely assumed the United States. Along the way, they encounter little people, most of which are nefarious. They also encounter numerous conflicts, including starvation and grueling attacks by Mother Nature. After concluding this novel, you will come to realize McCarthy’s primary message in his work: Throughout all of the hellish things that occur in this world, there is still hope somewhere.
For ages, people have been debating the idea of human morality and whether or not at its core humanity is good or bad. This philosophy is explored in Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Road. The road is the story of a man and boy living in a post-apocalyptic world. Some cataclysmic event has crippled Earth’s natural ecosystem, leaving the skies engulfed in ash and the ground devoid of much life. The duo aim to journey south as a way to escape being frozen to death in the oncoming winter. During their journey, the boy and man come across different people and places that give them a better understand of what humanity has become and where they stand on that spectrum. Throughout The Road, McCarthy revisits the idea of being the “good guy” when there is no longer a need to, “carrying the fire” as it’s detailed in the book. The dichotomy between the boy’s moral conscience and the man’s selfish ideals helps develop McCarthy’s idea of humanity losing its selflessness in the face of danger.
Cormac McCarthy’s writing of The Road is an apocalyptic writing that foreshadows the destruction of the world as we know it. The man and the son are continuously on the move, but their destination is unknown. The south represents a safe haven, or second chance for the family to find safety and comfort from the harsh winter to come. In the test Exploring Literature, a symbol is defined as “In literature, a person, place, or thing that suggest more than its literal meaning. Symbols generally do not “stand for: any single meaning, nor for anything absolutely definite; they point, they hint” (Kennedy 203). Symbolism plays a key role throughout the novel, from the bunker they found on an old farm to the different people the father and son came across throughout their journey to the south. The gun was a major symbol that was carried on through the novel. What I believe the meaning behind the gun was the symbol of life and death. Through the father’s eyes, he sees the gun as a way to protect his family, but also he knows it was a way to leave this wretched life behind. For the son, he views the gun as something that kills people or a way to control someone to do an immoral act. The opposing views of the man and son created tension that built throughout the novel, whenever the father held a person at gunpoint the son would beg for the person’s life. The son saw the evil that the gun created and the poor decisions his father made when the gun was in his hands. The gun represents