In Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, an unnamed father and son make their way across the desolate, ash-covered southern United States with only sparse resources and their hope keeping them alive and moving. Through trials and tribulations both the father and son come to maintain a certain idea of humanity and ethics, and though the father wavers at points, the son corrects him and they continue to “Carry the fire.” of humanity. The book ends with the father dying, and after staying with the body for three days, the son is met by a group of travellers who take him in and continue their journey with him, keeping the proverbial fire alive for the foreseeable future. Through symbolism like the aforementioned three days spent with the corpse of the father, and direct statements by characters, McCarthy clearly intends for God to be a large thematic element of the story, and through the somber and melancholic tones of the novel, offers an ending full of hope, not just for the son, but for humanity as a sort of rebirth, similar to the cleansing of sin from the world through Jesus’ sacrifice.
The quote I think is strong is 'Life for me isn't no crystal stair. So boy don't you turn back now.' This quote is strong to me by the mother telling the son to not turn back and keep moving forward. It's personal to me. I know that the mother was the author by the actual title 'Mother to Son.'
The Father’s Sun Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road is known as one of the best books written in the last 25 years. McCarthy uses several linguistic and literary devices to illustrate the character’s feelings in the reader’s brain.
In a world where humans rely on cannibalism and murder, it is difficult to think there is any good left in the human race. In the novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy, a son and father are abandoned in a post-apocalyptic world. They battle finding shelter, food and warmth nearly every day. Though the people around them steal and kill in order to survive, the father made sure he and his son never added onto the cruelness of the world they lived in. Through the unnamed boy, McCarthy conveys the message that during desperate times, the worst thing one can lose is their sense of morality.
The guidance and support from a father remains a necessity for a child to grow into a healthy adulthood. In the novel, The Light in the Forest, by Conrad Richter, True Son, a white boy held captive by the Indians for eleven years, felt the influence of three fathers in his life, and each one impacted him in a different way: his biological father, Harry Butler; Cuyloga, and the Sun. First, True Son’s biological father, Harry Butler raised True Son until he was four, and then again when True Son returned to his family at age fifteen. Harry Butler tried to teach True Son the white man’s way of life such as farming (Richter, 72), religion (Richter, 48) and, with the assistance of his wife, education (Richter, 48).
At the end of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, the boy’s father dies and almost immediately thereafter he is found by a new group of well-equipped survivors who even have children and a dog. On the surface, this appears to be a very superficial way to end the novel. The boy and the man live in a dismally bleak world, encountering such horrors as cannibals and rapists at every turn in their journey to the coast. There is very little gratification in the story, if any. Any good fortune they stumble across they are forced to leave behind.
"You forget what you want to remember and remember what you want to forget" (McCarthy). The Road by Cormac McCarthy is an exhilarating novel based in a post-apocalyptic world. Within this piece of literature, there are many figures representing a variety of different elements of the world and human society. Of these characters, there are primarily only two protagonists: the boy and the man. The two protagonists are central figures that in terms of evolution, are near polar opposites; as the man remains neutral throughout the novel, the boy is constantly changing and thus evolving.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy takes place in post-apocalyptic United States in a menacing and bleak landscape in which a man and his son have to survive. Despite their impending deaths and devastating circumstances, the unnamed father and son maintain a strong relationship that helps them preserve during the trying times; I found this relationship admirable from beginning to end. The Road is a must-read because it has characters that are oddly relatable and despite the lack of normalcy in their surroundings, they maintain an unwavering love for one another. The obvious bond between the man and boy is illustrated throughout The Road.
In The Road, a novel by Cormac McCarthy, published in 2006, a man and a boy struggle to survive as they travel south on the road in the post-apocalyptic world. On their journey to the coast, the man and the boy encounter the remains of an ashen world, ravaged by men who are willing to kill to survive. Among the death and destruction of the post-apocalyptic world, McCarthy illustrates how the man gains resilience from the spirituality he finds within his son, which proves how in a world void of official religion, belief in something greater than yourself creates the strength necessary to survive. The man sees his son as a spiritual figure that provides him the strength to survive in the desolate world.
What is being a hero all about? A hero is a person who is a brave, smart, kind and never gives up. A hero is a person who is willing to risk their life during deadly situations. Heroes are people who help other people. Being a hero means saving a kid stuck in a crack of ice.
Hope is defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary as wanting something to happen or to be true and think that it could happen or be true. With hope, people can achieve anything the wish to achieve. Many times authors use both materialist and non materialistic things to symbolize hope, as hope is intangible. According to Thomas Foster “Action can also be symbolic” (Foster 112). With hope being an indefinite concept, it is often symbolized through actions.