The Themes Of Dreams In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

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American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, Cormac McCarthy has received numerous positive reviews and awards for his realism that is found in his portrayal of a post-apocalyptic America in The Road. Instead of having the plot drive the story, McCarthy focuses on the daily struggles of the protagonists: a father and his son. Nevertheless, McCarthy creates verisimilitude through the exploration of his character's emotions. Having the characters become the main focus of the novel strengthens the emotional attachment of the reader. In this context, McCarthy uses dreams in “The Road” to provide more background on the man’s emotional traumas leading to his physical and mental decline, to illustrate the themes of love and sacrifice and to …show more content…
The melancholy imagery involved in the boy’s dreams convoy the boy's preparedness to challenge reality on his own. This is evident in a way that in all his dreams, the boy is either looking for or is traveling alongside his father; however, in the final dream, the boy ventures forth into the blackness of the cave on his own. This demonstrates his readiness to be independent and define his own path. Additionally, when the father is becoming sicker and weak, the man awakes from his sleep by the sobs of his son. The boy explains how in his dream, he “was crying but you didn’t wake up.” (183) This alludes to the father’s death and hints at the fact that the boy understands the feeble state of his father, knowing he will be left alone.This is a turning point in the novel as the boy recognizes the weight of the situation and the responsibilities that he will soon have when his father is gone. Furthermore, as previously stated the boy means a lot to the father, however, this dream demonstrates that the boy feels the same way about his father and loves him dearly. In addition, the boy explains how he had a dream “in that house that [they] used to live in,” in which one of his toy penguins “came around the corner but nobody wound it up and it was really scary.” This dream highlights a childish …show more content…
As a result, dreams emphasizes the protagonist’s subliminal thoughts as they embark on a treacherous journey through post-apocalyptic America. By having the main characters emotions and struggles drive the novel, the reader has a greater emotional attachment and it enhances the realism of the story. As a result, McCarthy has had great success in his writing career, specifically in the Southern Gothic, post-apocalyptic

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