Essay on The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

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The novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy is about a father and his son trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world where all that is left is ash and death. They spend the novel traveling south to the coast in order to improve their chances of survival through the impending winter. Throughout the novel they act as pilgrims exploring the new world left behind by the catastrophic event that has rendered the world ultimately void of all life aside from a few humans, most of which have abandoned their morality in favor of a more animalistic survival instinct. The destination of this journey is to reach the coast, but it is the adaptation and replacement of what humanity used to be into what it is now that the book emphasizes. This change is shown by the progressive growth of the boy through the novel and his relationship with his father.
The novel takes place on various roads throughout the country as the father and son duo are en route to the southern coasts in hopes of milder climate and a better chance at survival during the harsh winters of this ash covered wasteland. The father decides that now was as good of a time to leave as any because their supplies were beginning to dwindle where they were. From the start the father is mainly concerned with the child’s survival, to him, the child was the only thing that mattered. one of the first things written in the novel is how “[The father] knew only that the child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God God never…

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