The Road Essay

1519 WordsMar 1, 20127 Pages
Prometheus, a Titan in ancient Greek mythology, stole the fire from Zeus, the ruler of all Gods, and gave it to humanity, even when Zeus strictly told him not to. As punishment, Prometheus is bound to a rock. Every day, an eagle swoops in to eat his liver, but Prometheus does not die. His liver regenerates only to be eaten again the following day. Because Prometheus “carried the fire” to humanity, his days are forever filled with torture. Similar to the situation that appears in the Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Road, the main characters, a man and his son also “carry the fire” for the sake of mankind. “Carrying the fire”, a motif that Cormac McCarthy portrays throughout his novel, The Road, can be used to explain the reasoning behind why…show more content…
[Man:] No. Even if we’re starving? We’re starving now. You said we weren’t I said we weren’t dying. I didn’t say we weren’t starving. But we wouldn’t. No. We wouldn’t. (128) Since the passage states that the man and son do not eat human beings “because [they’re] the good guys” (129), it can also be said that people that do eat other human beings are the bad guys; however, this cannot be said for stealing from or helping others. There are several times in the book where the father does not find the need help others when they need it, and even steal from others. During the scene where the father entered the house that was inhabited by prisoners, the father did not choose the help them. During the scene where the father caught the thief that stole the cart, the father took away all the thief’s clothes and left him on the streets naked. The father has committed these acts, yet he is still classified as a “good guy”. Why is this true? Although the father has committed similar acts that “bad guys” commit, he does feels guilty about them, which separate him from the bad guys, who do not feel guilty about the acts they commit. Feeling guilty about committing these acts also resemble the ones that “carry the fire”, and carry the good morals that they were raised up with, and ones that do not “carry the fire”, and live to serve only them and no one else. God is also an influential subject in The Road.

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