Essay on The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy In The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a third person narrative follows the story of a father and son that live in a post-apocalyptic world filled with danger and life threatening situations. McCarthy demonstrates the parental role between the man and the boy, where the boy influences the man by showing him that there is good left in the world. He uses the reality of their world, the contemplation of suicide, the times where they could have died and the boy as the last true influence of good to portray the significance of the boy to his father.
The reality of the world that the two characters live in as presented by McCarthy is dangerous. Their world has been destroyed, “The city was mostly burned. No sign of life. Cars in the street caked with ash, everything covered with ash and dust. Fossil tracks in the dried sludge” (12). Civilization has been destroyed. Cities were rummaged through and abandoned for people’s survival. The man as McCarthy portrays does not trust people, “Then he heard on the road behind them what sounded like a diesel truck. Quick he whispered. Quick. He shoved the pistol in his belt and grabbed the boy by the hand and he dragged the cart through the trees and tilted it over where it would not so easily be seen” (60-61). He does not trust people, since the world has changed to the survival of the fittest. With the lack of resources humans have resulted in other food resources, “What the boy had seen was a charred human infant…

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