Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction

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  • Cry The Beloved Country By Alan Paton

    The novel “Cry, the beloved country” is the story of two South African fathers who are searching for their sons. One of the main themes of the story is fear of loss. Alan Paton describes the characters and theme of fear and human experience by narrating the story through two different perspectives. In the novel starts with the search of the son eventually finding him in the custody and the father must admit the fact that his son will face death verdict. Everybody disappears in Johannesburg. The first chapter of the book states that all Stephan Kumalo’s relatives and his only son Absalom left to Johannesburg and never returned. He is afraid to open the letter because he is expecting the bad news from Johannesburg. As a father, he is cautious that something happened to his son. Stephan Kumalo goes through the series of disappointments as he finds out that his sister became a prostitute, his brother is dying out of cancer and as we mentioned his son left pregnant girlfriend and end up in jail. In a long search, he finds out that his son got a job in a factory and first he felt happiness then he finds his friends in the factory who says that his son Absalom was involved in the group that was caught in rebel and shootings. The fear grasps his soul. The father never expected his son to be involved in the illegal activities. He realized that he does not know his son. Later he finds out that his son shoot a white man and he suspects that he will be involved in the long process of…

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  • The Goodness Within: The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

    The Goodness Within The novel, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, was published in 2006 and won the Pulitzer prize in 2007. The Road is about a father and a son who have to try and find a way to survive a post-apocalyptic world. In this world, the will to survive causes a loss in morality and values. The choices people make in order to survive defines whether they’re good or evil, and these choices must be made everyday. As illustrated in The Road , the father and the boy set out making good…

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  • Papa And The Sea In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

    Imagine the world as we don’t know it. In Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road, a boy and his papa try to maintain humanity while finding their way through broken America after a devastating catastrophe. McCarthy argues that people isolate themselves out of fear in order to seek protection from the greater dangers in the world around them. Papa and the boy physically both isolate and de-isolate themselves from the dark world geographically. McCarthy compares the Sea to an unknown world to show…

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  • Loyalty In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

    Is there ever a moment where the odds are stacked against someone so much, that they have the right to give up? Cormac McCarthy would say no. In his novel The Road, McCarthy tells the story of a man and his son slogging across the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the United States. In this ashen wasteland, morality is almost completely absent, with the man and the boy being some of the only characters the reader sees who have even an ounce of goodness within them. The others are murderers and…

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  • Hope In The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

    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…

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  • Desertion Ad Analysis Essay

    is the city of Atlanta. That shows that there was such a large evacuation that not everybody got out of the city and from the title you can make the assumption that many of those people probably died. Also on the highway, there is one guy going into the city on horseback. This shows that the world is probably out of gas or there is very little of it so you can also make the assumption that this “apocalypse” has been happening for a while if you have to find a horse to ride into town on. Also,…

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  • Examples Of Cannibalism In The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

    The Road, a post-apocalyptic novel by Cormac McCarthy, follows the journey of survival of the Man and the Boy in a burnt world covered in ash. To escape the incoming cold weather, they decide to head down south to the coast. With nothing but a pistol, a cart of supplies, and each other, they must cope with hunger, thirst, and the dangers of the land. Along the way, they experience close encounters with bands of cannibals who either will try to enslave or kill them. Throughout the novel, the son,…

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  • What Is The Theme Of Alienation In The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

    I Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, two characters, the man and the boy, are living through a cataclysmic disaster that destroyed every normal way of life. They have to fight the cold and other human threats, while staying moral. The author uses a rift from home to illuminate that companionship is the key to life that the boy and the man experience through enrichments between characters and alienation of others. Companionship between the man and the boy enrich their lives through tough situations.…

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  • The Tragic Hero In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

    A world without color, wildlife and structure sets the background for a heroic journey that wouldn´t be taken on by many. Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is a book about a Man and a Boy traveling south years after a worldwide event ending in the death of many people. They are challenged by many hardships including cannibals and starvation. McCarthy’s inspiration for The Road was a trip to El Paso, Texas with his son in 2003. He imagined a world 100 years in the future. McCarthy has won many awards…

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  • Analysis Of The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

    The Road, written by Cormac McCarthy in 2006, is about the journey of a father and son through a post-apocalyptic world. The father and son, referred to as “Boy and Papa” in the book, have to find a way to navigate this new world and the people that come with it. McCarthy shows when in life or death situations people will become only focused on surviving. They often forget morals they have developed and become selfish and only concerned with themselves. Although Boy and and Papa do not eat…

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