Comarc McCarthy´s The Road Analysis Essay

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The Road, a story of the nameless father and son “survivors” (55) in a world of nothingness, is told in such a distinctive way that their bond and true exertions to survive are relayed effortlessly to readers without even noticing. After an abrupt, unexplained end of the world, the father and son are two of very few survivors left on Earth. Their struggle is evident through cannibalistic encounters, the suicide of the man’s wife and the boy’s mother, and the sole battle between life and death in a world covered in ash. In this post-apocalyptic novel, Cormac McCarthy uses unique techniques in dialogue, apocalyptic imagery, and punctuation to represent the setting of the story, embodying the relationship between the father and son fighting …show more content…
While the narrator sets the scene for the book, it in no way says anything to express the love and tenderness between the man and son. The relationship between the father and son is solely presented in dialogue (the words they speak to each other) between the two of them.
On the other hand, while the dialogue at the beginning of the book reveals the father’s protectiveness for his son, it later becomes palpable that the son’s dialogue with the father uses language that relays the son’s developing sense of maturity and security over the father. The son warns his father, “I have to watch you all the time” (39). When the father promises to take food, but later refuses it to give to the boy, the son urges, “If you break little promises, you’ll break big ones”(39) Without it being presented in the narration, conversation between the two alludes to man’s promise to not leave him alone in the world. The boy is basically saying the man may not keep that promise either, thus foreshadowing to the end of the story when the father dies and leaves the son to continue without him. The son’s sense of independence is relayed through dialogue when he boasts, “We have to be vigilant” (183) after his father warns him about other people that may be “carrying the fire” (183). The dialogue shows the boy’s growing sense of independence as the story goes on, and how he

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