The Goodness Within: The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

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The Goodness Within
The novel, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, was published in 2006 and won the Pulitzer prize in 2007. The Road is about a father and a son who have to try and find a way to survive a post-apocalyptic world. In this world, the will to survive causes a loss in morality and values. The choices people make in order to survive defines whether they’re good or evil, and these choices must be made everyday. As illustrated in The Road , the father and the boy set out making good choices, but as time progresses, the father starts to lose his moral compass. McCarthy describes a split in humanity, as when placed into life threatening situations, both paths of good and evil arise. The younger, more innocent people in humanity can serve as a moral compass for the older, more selfish people in humanity.
At the beginning of The Road, the father and the son define themselves as
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A father and son travel south down the road, encountering characters and events as they try and survive, one day at a time. The father tries his best to divert the boy from the decisions of fellow humans, such as stealing, cannibalism and murder, which are a result of the world around. However the boy shows his humanity and goodness himself, by guiding his father to be kind and helpful in the face of humanity’s destruction. These themes of good and evil are argued in the novel by McCarthy that when people are put in life threatening situations, there is a divide in humanity, and both good and evil paths are taken. Each day in this new world presents new challenges and decisions to be good or evil. The boy guides his dad to make good moral decisions throughout the book, even though his father didn’t always listen to him. The Road teaches the readers that when put in life threatening situations, people can lose their sense of humanity with their morals and the goodness

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