The Road, a post apocalyptic novel,written by Cormac McCarthy, tells the story of a father and son traveling along the cold, barren and ash ridden interstate highways of America. Pushing all their worldly possessions in a shopping cart, they struggle to survive. Faced with despair, suicide and cannibalism, the father and son show a deep loving and caring that keeps them going through unimaginable horrors. Through the setting of a post apocalyptic society, McCarthy demonstrates the psychological effects of isolation and the need to survive and how these effects affect the relationships of the last few people on Earth.
The Road is about a father and a young boy who take on the south after a huge catastrophe hits the world. The father and boy in the story are never named, which makes it very hard to read. They have many hardships like finding food, supplies, and shelter. They come along many different things like abandoned houses, people, and terrifying landscapes. When the father and young boy come upon the house and different people, the reader is excited because you never knew what was going to happen to the main characters, and when something good happened, their success was your success. Even though they battle through these hardships they find a way through it. The Road has a deep explanation of the road, the father’s dream, and the different people the man and the boy meet along the way. The author, Cormac McCarthy, uses imagery to make the descriptions vivid and clear which adds to the intensity of the novel.
The road written by Cormac Mccarthy; one of the most praised contemporary novels. The road tells the story of a man and a boy traveling in a post apocalyptic world. “Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before. Like the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away the world”(Mccarthy1). The world is now filled with ash and inhabited by cannibals and bandits. The boy and man’s goal is to get to the south as they think it’ll be warmer there. The novel’s grammer is abstract as they’re barely any periods written as they talk. This style is used to make the reader pay attention as one can easily lose who’s talking. One of the biggest themes in the novel is the fire in all to live and stay alive; Survival. Cormac Mccarthy’s biggest critique on this novel was that the ending was too hopeful and positive, opposed to Mccarthy and the entire style of the book. The book is entirely filled with grave feelings pondering suicide and a feeling of nothing ever getting better. In the end the man dies but the boy is picked up by another man and women who seem nice. People 's opinion of the Road differ within the last pages. Though the ending might seem hopeful, it has two different interpretations, and Cormac has shown that he’s not a happy ending kind of guy.
In The Road, a father and son are living in a post-apocalyptic world filled with burnt buildings, melted bodies along the road, and an abundance of ash that has polluted the air, fighting to survive and travelling a long road to get to the coast. The father and son are stricken with fear and are constantly faced with near death experiences. Throughout the novel, the two look for food in all places they can while trying to escape “the bad guys” who attempt to kill the two on multiple occasions. When they finally arrive at the coast, they find more
The son however is the ‘faith’ within the story. He is the hope for a better future. The son is more trusting towards others and therefore becomes upset and quiet when his father doesn’t agree with him. “I’m afraid for that little boy” – The son has never seen another young boy and is frightened for him but his father shrugs off his pleas to help him and says “I know but he’ll be alright”. Towards the end of the book it appears that the father and his son become distant to each other due to their diverse personalities. It could however be seen that the son is a lot more knowledgeable about dangers and therefore does not need his father as much.
In The Road by Cormac McCarthy, the son does not display any selfish thoughts throughout his travels with his father, but rather the contrary. At the beginning of the novel, the son runs toward a little boy standing alone in hopes to help him, though he is scolded by his father. As the father and son continue on their trek, the boy does not seem to stop mentioning the little boy, “What about the little boy, he sobbed. What about the little boy?," (McCarthy 86). Despite his father’s disapproval, the son pleads that they should accompany the little boy and bring him along their journey. He fears the for the little boy’s survival since he believes the little boy to be alone without a “papa”. The son offers to split his food rations to accommodate the little boy, even though he is well aware of the scarce food supply him and his father encompass. Along with the encounter with the little boy, the son again displays his generosity and concern with an old man named Ely, “The boy took the tin and handed it to the old man. Take it, he whispered. Here," (McCarthy 163). As the boy watches the old man eat, he turns to his father to ask the same question: can we keep him? and once again the father opposes the idea. Also in
Companionship plays an important role in the storyline of this novel. The bond between the father and son gives them the love they need in order to keep them in touch with humanity.
The Road, written by Cormac McCarthy, is a masterpiece that captures the journey of a young boy and his father trucking across America. Through the hardships that they fall upon, the young boy and father make their way to the place they had been yearning for, the ‘South’. The relationship between the father and son is their ultimate quest to find purpose and meaning to their lives through the trust that they share. Each rely on one another is different ways, which further shows how their relationship fluctuates throughout the book. Through their encounters, pleading for help for other, and coming to realization of the truth, The Road captures the relationship of the boy and his father throughout their journey.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy depicts an unsettling and grim post-apocalyptic dystopian world that presents the minimal prospect of survival. The book focusses on a father and son journey as they are surrounded by corruption, the society has resorted to devouring one another for nourishment and displayed loss of morals and ethics. There is a loss of rules and civility in the road where people
Cormac McCarthy’s The Road portrays a gripping tale of survival of a father and son across a post-apocalyptic world that is devoured by marauders and cannibals who have abandoned all of their beliefs, morals and values and do anything to survive. In contrast, the two protagonists are portrayed as the ‘good guys’ who carry the ‘fire’, and try to survive in the obliterated world. They are challenged to maintain their own beliefs, morals and values as they enter their quest. As a young adolescent who has witnessed the harsh environments of a war torn country such as Afghanistan, and has prior experiences of being a refugee. The novel effectively
Father and son relationships are the most important type of relationship. Fathers heavily influence their children especially sons, thus making the relevant. In the book Things Fall Apart there are two father son relationships, Unoka and Okonkwo and Okonkwo and Nwoye. These relationships are not ideal and each father has a different relation with their son. These relationships cause many things such as loathing of one's father, and rebelling. Rebelling for the sons is not a phase, but a lifetime of rebellion. Father son relationships in the book Things Fall Apart are defined by the loathing of one’s father, causing a rebellion leading the sons to be complete opposites of their father.
“The Road” depicts a solemn and deteriorating environment that can no longer provide the fundamentals to a society due to the nuclear disaster. The sudden depletion of the resources within their environment made it difficult for the father and the son to find sustenance. They were constantly traveling towards the South looking for safe places to situate themselves because the father knew that they would not be able to survive the nuclear winter. The genre of the novel is post-apocalyptic science fiction because it revolves around a dismantling society. Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” depicts how environmental destruction finally gave sense for people to value the world and what it had to offer.
The Road is a story where is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the date and location is unnamed. The author of the novel Cormac McCarthy doesn 't describe why or how the disaster has demolish the earth. But after reading the novel, I can sense that the author wanted to present a case of mystery and fear to the unknown to the reader. By the author 's exclusion I think that the story gains a better understanding of what the author wanted to express to the reader. An expression of a man and his son surviving in a post-apocalyptic setting.
The Road takes place in post-apocalyptic America after an unknown disaster occurs. The novel centers around a boy and his father, both of whom are never given names. In an analepse, the reader learns that the mother of the boy kills herself with “a flake of obsidian” as she fears that she would be raped and murdered (McCarthy 30). “[The man] hadn’t kept a calendar for years” and the reader is left unsure what year or month it is (McCarthy 2). The man is sure, however, that winter is approaching and it would be best for him and the boy to travel south where it is warmer. They have nothing but a pistol, their clothes, and a cart with food they scavenged for. The world is barren with “dust and ash everywhere” (McCarthy 3). The story chronicles the man and boy’s journey to the south while they look for food, supplies, and shelter. The pair must fend off “bad guys” during their journey as well (McCarthy 39). When one of these “bad guys” puts his knife at the boy’s throat, the man is left with no other option than to shoot the “bad guy” leaving a “hole in his forehead” (McCarthy 34). Another gruesome event occurs when the man and boy are looking for food in a house they found. While walking down a cellar’s stairs, they smell an “ungodly stench” (McCarthy 56). In the cellar, there are “naked people” who are whispering “help us” and a maimed man on a mattress with his “legs gone to the hip and the stumps of them blackened and burnt” (McCarthy 56). These people are being kept to be eaten eventually and the man and his son
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.