Analysis Of Mccarthy 's Cellar Scene

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Employing simple, inquisitive syntax to debate the existence of religion in a Godless society, the comparative, graphic figurative language and urgent, delirious tone of McCarthy’s Cellar Scene reveal the natural tendency for evil to prevail over good and emphasizes the codependency of human mortality and love. Utilizing repetition, rhetorical questions, and simple sentence structure, McCarthy’s purposeful syntax allows a debate to ensue regarding the man’s spiritual beliefs and the existence of a God in the immoral society presented. After walking for days, the man and his son are both on the brink of death, frail from starvation. From the road, the pair spot a house. Driven by his desperation, the man breaks into a locked cellar in the…show more content…
With each repetition, the man appeals to a different, implied component of the Holy Trinity, each to no avail. Behind the simplicity of each iteration a question is asked: why? The man’s experience in the cellar has confirmed his musing that if there really was a God, he would not abandon them in this way, forcing humans to eat one another, His own sacred creatures, in order to survive. Moving past the Cellar Scene and continuing with him for the remainder of his journey is the fact that the man’s focus has been shifted to a new savior, one who will continue to carry the fire of humanity and love and never allow its flame to be extinguished. This savior is the boy. The boy embodies the characteristics of the new world, one of compassion, generosity, kindness, and hope, a world that will rise anew from the ashes. While the man is beginning to realize his son’s role, he still faces an internal conflict as his selfish instinct to shield the boy from the horrors of the world obstructs his understanding of the critical role the boy plays as the carrier of the fire. Dark, tumultuous thoughts wrestle in the man’s mind on page 114 as he asks himself “Can you do it? When the time comes?” After being exposed absolute corruption in the cellar, the man contemplates, doing possibly the worst thing he could - murder his son - in order to save the boy’s

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