Cormac Mccarthy's The Road And The Sense Of An Ending

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All composers hold a mirror to what they consider to be the key aspects of their perception of our common humanity. Through Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending, it is apparent that each composer perceives our common humanity in a different light. These compositions are set in a time nearing the end of life as humankind apprehends it to be, thus creating high levels of uncertainty and unrest within society. It is under these conditions that the audience is able to comprehend the different ways in which each composer discerns our common humanity.

Throughout Beasts of the Southern Wild, Zeitlin explores the notion that a person’s worldview is tied to where they came from. For Hushpuppy, the main protagonist in the film, her worldview revolves around the idea that every individual has an important role to play in the universe. This is exemplified when Hushpuppy claims “The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece, the entire universe will get busted.” From this analogy, it can be deduced that Zeitlin’s perception of humanity has
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Whilst Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Road examine humanity in a post-apocalyptic context, The Sense of an Ending deals with humanity in circumstances a little closer to home. Yet, all compositions have been able to explore the perception of humanity that became evident in the specific situation, thus showing the significance of context when examining perceptions of humanity. It would not be fair to compare these differing perceptions of our common humanity, without acknowledging the role that the prevailing conditions play in determining how humanity reacts, which in consequence will influence how humanity is

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