Analysis Of Cormac Mccarthy 's The Road

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Published in 2006, while America was still reeling from the devastating terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Cormac McCarthy 's The Road attempts to recreate the emotions of the dire situation by ushering in new masculinity normalcies. McCarthy uses a father and his son to demonstrate the social changes that occurred in America during a time of turmoil. America had to work together in ways it had not before, and this is demonstrated by the father’s assumption of feminine qualities while protecting his son.

McCarthy created a reality of his own—one that tracks a father’s loving efforts to guide his son through a landscape made wrenching by the unavailability of food, shelter, safety, companionship or hope in most places where they scavenge to survive. The Road is not just the extinction of a species or a planet; he portrays the humanly experience of the demise of civilization.

Fragmented sentences that reflect the processes of sensory perception are scattered through the book and evoke the broken status humankind has found itself in, contributing to the ominous mood: “In the morning they went on. Desolate country. A boarhide nailed to a barn door. Ratty. Wisp of a tail. Inside the barn three bodies hanging from the rafters, dried and dusty among the wan slats of light. There could be something here, the boy said. There could be some corn or something. Let 's go, the man said.” (McCarthy 17) Just the fact that "bodies hanging from rafters" is put so casually and evoke…
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