The Road Essay

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The Road Named one of the four major novelists of his time, Cormac McCarthy has won numerous awards such as the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and the 2009 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, which places him in the highest rank of American literature. His tenth and latest novel, The Road (2006), known as his most traumatic yet intensely personal work, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature Award in 2007, as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (2007,) and the Quill Book Award (2007.) The Road is one of three novels that have been made into a film and was featured in theaters in 2009. Nominated for various cinematography awards, and winner of the Pulitzer Award, The Road is a …show more content…
With only their knapsacks on their backs, an old shopping cart used to carry essential supplies for survival, and a pistol with only limited ammunition, the two ultimately reach their goal, but neither the weather or food availability gets better as the man furtively hoped so. The boy is later left alone and forced to travel the road by himself since the man dies from his implacable illness. The mourning boy stays by his dead father unknowingly of what to do now, until an old veteran shows up. Him and his family, wife and two children, boy and girl, have been tracking the man and boy and convinces the boy that he is one of the “good guys.” The boy accepts the invite to join the family and he is back on the road once more. The characters of the man and the boy change through their journey throughout the novel. The man has great bravery and skill, but one thing that stands out from him is his love and devotion for his son. “He knew only that the child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God God never spoke” (McCarthy, p. 5). The man refers to his son as a warrant which insinuates that the boy gives him a reason to live. The man is ready to protect his son at all costs which makes him ruthlessly violent and cynical. The wife’s suicide and apocalypse have internally wounded the man, but he also seems burdened by his past – a happy childhood; another life before the catastrophe. The man is resourceful, well-educated, and

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