Essay on The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

752 Words Dec 20th, 2016 4 Pages
In the book The Road by Cormac McCarthy one question seems to appear in just about everyone’s life. One of life and death. Some say yes, some say no, and some do not know. But, this question if it is worth living constantly pops up throughout the book. McCarthy first presents this question through the mother of the boy in a flashback. This is where she decides to kill herself after giving birth. This triggers the man to thus be questioning life in this new post-apocalyptic world. The man claims that his boy “carries the fire” and is a sign of god 's’ existence, this view pushes the man to continue his journey, but as demonstrated on page 12 by this quote “ You forget what you want to remember, and remember what you want to forget “ we can see that the bad memories are stuck in his head and the good memories are overshadowed thus leaving the reader to infer that he is having a man v. self conflict and may be debating on to kill himself or keep going. Also in page 12 he says “ A corpse in a doorway dried to leather. Grimacing at the day. He pulled the boy closer. This shows that there is much despair and question on if they continue to go how far will they make it before this is them, but by the simple gesture of pulling the boy closer we can see the man’s altruism he holds towards the boy and if it come to it, he will give his life for the boy’s. These two quotes helps the reader infer and see the foreshadowing of the decision between life and death, it also helps the…

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