The Road And Natasha Trethewey Analysis

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Usually being able to see is a “spiritual act” and it “symbolizes understanding” (Cirlot 99). Therefore, when you take away the ability of sight, whether it be purposeful or accidental, you take away understanding and acceptance. Both the man from The Road and Natasha Trethewey struggle with accepting their reality for what it is. Their deliberate limited vision-- the choices they make to overlooks their respective bleak realities--, allow them to cope with their world. In The Road by Cormac McCarthy, the man and the boy are on a constant journey towards survival. Limited visibility is prevalent within different aspects of this novel. One is within the man, as he has a limited view on humanity itself. Throughout the novel, the man is …show more content…

The man knew that these people were most likely dangerous, but he purposefully limits his view to the fact that they might have some sort of food. This example reveals how in this post-apocalyptic world, there is no such thing as complete safety, or true understanding. While the man is looking through the house, McCarthy writes “All things he saw and did not see”(McCarthy 109). The man is usually very cautious and takes every precaution someone in their situation could take. In their world they will never truly have full visibility of their future, it is all one big confusing maze. Another aspect limited visibility takes on in The Road is by the darkness that is constantly described by McCarthy. McCarthy writes “He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it” (130). Natasha Trethewey’s purposeful limited view on her mother’s death in Native Guard reveals her difficult journey through coping mechanisms. Trethewey’s collection of poems revolve around ideas such as grief, her mother’s death and racism. In “Graveyard Blues”, Trethewey

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