The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

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In Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, the father presents to the reader three distinct characteristics that shapes his personality through novel. When the man mentions of “carrying the fire” to his son, meaning that his son carries the load of civilization, compassion, and sympathy, the father expresses multiple times that he lives for his son, and only for his son. The world of The Road is a complete anarchy, and the man displays extensive amounts of bravery while trying to face the struggles and hardships that is presented to them. Whether the challenge is to be hiding from cannibals, or wandering into dangerous abandon houses, the man always exhibits ample amounts of bravery. Even though the man’s son is born into the disheveled and chaotic world and experiences nothing else before, the boy’s sense of right and wrong came from his father. The man constantly influences his son by telling him that they are the good and guys: “Look at me, the man said. He turned and looked. He looked like he’d been crying. Just tell me. We wouldn’t ever eat anybody, would we? No. Of course not. Even if we were starving?... But we wouldn’t. No. We wouldn’t No matter what? No. No matter what. Because were the good guys. Yes. And we’re carrying the fire? And we’re carrying the fire. Yes. (McCarthy 195)”. The exchange of the dialogue here between the man and his son shows how the man has shaped his son with a compass of separation between good and bad. Although the man believes his son learns this

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