The Road by Cormac Mccarthy Essay

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Jenny L.
Mrs. Johnson
AP English 4
February 22, 2014
The Road by Cormac McCarthy Research Paper Imagine a world where the skies are grey and the ground is torn to pieces. Where there is no civilization present, nor another human being to be seen. Where the feeling of hunger influences you to consider the idea of human flesh filling your insides and persuading you to do so. A world infested with murder, crime, and despair—which have now become necessary for survival. Imagine the air thick with black clouds towering over your very essence and having to muddle through 10 feet of snow and a strong gust of wind. A world where all faith should be gone, but amiss all bad things, it continues to linger through the eyes of the youth. Being
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He tells the boy that even if they had killed someone it would not be a very bad thing because God had given the man permission to do it, to protect the boy, and it was a necessary thing to do in order to live. The biggest act to violence, however, is the scene of the discovery of the dead infant. The scene is traumatic to the boy because he had seen the woman’s belly swollen from carrying an infant earlier on, and then shortly afterward, came across the remains of the baby laid on the ashes of a fire. The man describe that what the boy had seen was “a charred human infant headless and gutted and blackening on the spit. He [the man] bent and picked the boy up and started for the road with him, holding him close. I'm sorry, he whispered. I'm sorry” (198). The man feels instant regret for letting his guard down and allowing for the boy to sight such a monstrous thing. He apologizes to the boy with the argument that he should have shielded him from how harsh the world can be. The violence is inevitable and cruel and the boy comes to this realization at this time of the novel.
In the novel, the father and boy have a strong relationship in which the father would risk his own life to save his son’s, displaying that love triumphs all. It is through acts of genuine tenderness, like when the man wakes up, “in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd

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