The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

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“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.” Memories are both a curse and salvation for people. Happy memories are the memories that we wish to remember, but are the ones we always forget or vaguely remember. Meanwhile, the memories that hold sadness and fear are the ones that creep up on us when we least anticipate it. They are the ones we attempt to tuck away in the back of our minds with lock and key, but always seem to find a way to appear and torment us. On the other hand, our happy memories can lead us to feel nostalgic about the past and cause us to fret about our present since things are not the same as they used to. In the novel, 'The Road ' by Cormac McCarthy, the story is set in post-apocalypse where a father on the brink of death, puts on hold his death to attempt to guide his son south through the cold United States. The cold is not the only circumstance they are at odds with, but also the constant threat of death from starvation, illness, and murder. Both the father and the boy are also not safe from their own minds. Their dreams turn against them causing them to have to confront people or memories from their past. Throughout their journey, the father and the boy both face pessimism, hunger, cold, fear, and much more.
The novel begins with the man waking from a dream in the middle of the night in the dark and cold woods. In the dream, his son the boy, leads him into a cave and takes him to a great stone room where a lake…

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