The Road

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Writers provide glimpses of other worlds, giving readers opportunities to reflect on their own world To what extent do you agree with this view? The Road written by Cormac McCarthy is a post-apocalyptic novel about a man and a boy travelling down across what seems to be a bleak and dull land. In this book, we see a world that seems to have a bleak and dark future without a lot of hope. Land is somehow destroyed, perhaps by a natural cause. The cycle of seasons has been completely altered and there is a lack of civilisation. Although the book is constantly depressing and dark, there are moments that we have some glimpse of hope, and moments where there are some humanity portrayed. This is usually shown by one of the main characters, the…show more content…
This allows us to reflect on our current situation and not take things for granted as they may one day be gone. This is emphasised by “…could not be put back. Not be made right again…” Showing us that if we take everything for granted and destroy the world we will not be able to have the exact same world ever again. We know that the world in The Road is definitely reality. “Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other's world entire.” This quote shows to us that the boy and the man are seeing and experiencing the same thing, of a world with just darkness and ash. “And the dreams so rich in colour…Waking in the cold dawn it all turned to ash instantly…” This quote again gives us some comparison between two worlds, this time the world in a person’s dream and the world in reality. This quote describes the man dreaming in colour and then waking up finding it cold, dark and filled with ash. We see that the man keeps reminding himself of reality, as perhaps happiness is too difficult to pursue as he knows that he knows that his dreams that are full of colour is in the past and currently he is living in a grey world that he is unable to control. We are able to see the destructions of the natural environments such as the seasons and the plants etc. However there is also the destruction of civilisation. In this book we see

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