Hope Essay

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Choe 1 Grace Choe Mr. Quarrella AP Literature 11 November 2010 Theme of Hope Hope in the face of adversity, hope in spite of the depression and mere survival they must endure, hope in the face of death and fear. One of the major themes that Cormac McCarthy emphasizes in The Road is hope: hope for a better world, hope that there are still good people out there. McCarthy uses the son as a symbol of hope throughout the novel to engage and grasp the attention of his readers. Hope is what progresses the novel, therefore without hope there is nothing. The sons character is a symbol of hope to the father throughout the novel. In the father’s perspective the son is almost described as holy, “if he is not the word of god. god never…show more content…
McCarthy utilizes food as a sign of hope. Throughout the novel the father and son are constantly fighting the struggle of running low on food. When they find the bunker of food the text is full of short sentences “Canned hams.”, “Corned beef” which emphasizes the father’s joy and almost disbelief of how hopeful the future will be with the abundance of good. The way the father also repeatedly says “oh my god,” when throughout the book he maintains a fairly non-religious view, shows how it finding this food gives the father hope. Other than the boy the father has hope in very few things. But one thing which is shown throughout The Road is the father’s sense of morals. The father always reassures the boy and himself that they are the good guys which gives them the hope to keep persevere because they are, to the father, keeping goodness in the world alive, “carrying the flame.” Cormac McCarthy presents the cannibals as a lost hope in The Road. They are almost only referred to as the “bad guys” and are described as if they are animals with no hope other than to survive. Choe 3 In the father’s dream an animalistic creature is scared off by the man and the boy, symbolizing how humanity after the end of the world is something to be afraid of. Also in this dream the father and the son are holding a light, “Their light playing over the wet flowstone walls,” which could be
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