The Road By Cormac Mccarthy Essay

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“He climbed the bank through the cane to check the road. Dark and black and trackless where it crossed the open country” (McCarthy 202).

In the book The Road, written by Cormac McCarthy, a boy and his father are struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The boy and his father haven’t eaten for a while and they had just discussed who got to drink the dirty water they collected from the river bank. The father began to look for the road in order to return to their journey of searching for a survivable environment. When he climbed the bank to check the road. Since the road is suppose to symbolize the boys and his father 's future, the description could symbolize the events they will come across or how they are feeling at the moment. Therefore since the author described the road as dark, trackless and black which could symbolize the uncertainty, death, illness, loneliness or hopelessness. The father was feeling as if his death was coming since “dark and black and trackless” means that their future is uncertain and hopeless with no way to know where they are or if they are just repeating their past. The belief that he fears of repeating his past comes from the word “trackless”, which could describe how he feels as if they don 't know where they are. Almost as if they cannot turn around and look at how far they’ve come because they have nothing to reference it to. Quote Journal #11 (222-250)- Literary Device, Metaphor

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