The Road by Comac McCarthy

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In The Road, Cormac McCarthy depicts the boy as a “Christ-like” figure that gives hope for humanity’s survival. McCarthy uses several references to the bible and how it relates to the boys “Christ-like” features or character. The bo+ y is the bright spot in the dark, cold, apocalyptic world of the novel. The first description of the boy is a clear allusion to the Godliness in him. At the beginning of the novel, the narrator describes the father’s relationship to the boy. “He knew only that the child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God then God never spoke” (5). This appears to be referring to John 1:1 in the bible, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (NIV). The man believes that if the boy does not show some resemblance to God or God’s character then there is no God. The man seems to believe that the boy is perfect. Many Christians believe that the Bible which is the word of God is perfect. Since Jesus was the messiah who had no flaws that must mean that the boy resembled the messiah in the way of character. Since the messiah provided hope for mankind the boy was depicted as the one to provide hope for the future. In the beginning of the book McCarthy describes the dark, barren, cold, godless apocalyptic world around the boy and the man. This is reminiscent of the book of Revelations in the Bible where the world is a cold desolate place with the entire population of God believing people and God in general go

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