The thrilling novel “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy is a story about a post apocalyptic world following the lives of a man and a boy as they head south to escape the cold winter that is headed their way. Along with the cold of winter approaching they also have to deal with the new dangers of the land while traveling such as cannibals, robbers, and many more dangers. This is a tale of a unnamed man and a boy who must not only learn how to survive but find a inner “fire”, establish a code of ethic, and continue in finding reasons to live in this “new world”. With McCarthy’s unique approach to the characters of the book having no names or the cause of destruction of the world unknown it helps the reader feel the confusion and whats really important …show more content…
One of the biggest obstacles is the cannibals in this new post apocalyptic world, to the boy and the man they are described and called the “bad guys”. The code of ethics that the man and the boy follow isn't the as the “old world rules” where laws exist, government, and they have to abide by doing right toward others. The code of ethics they follow have to be chosen, and it is a path many don't chose in this “new world”. The man and boy are living just the two of them, not looking to hurt anyone else unless their lives are being threaten and even then the boy doesn't like to hurt others. The man does at time do some things that the boy doesn't like, and can look like he is turning out to become a bad guy, yet it is necessary steps to ensure their safety. In one part of the book after a encounter with a group of cannibals were the man has to shoot the cannibal to get away, the man tells the boy, ”[MAN] ‘You wanted to know what the bad guys looked like. Now you know. It may happen again. My jobs to take care of you I was appointed to do that by God. I will kill anyone who touches you. Do you understand?’… [BOY] ‘Are we still the good guys?’he said. [MAN] ‘Yes. We’re still the good guys.’ [BOY] ‘And we always will be.’ [MAN] ‘Yes. We always will be.’” (77). The man and the boy both have similar code of ethics because the man is teaching his son how to survive in this world, they believe its okay that they go into houses and take what they need so long as no one is their, not to rob others, if possible to avoid contact with other people, and many others that involve just staying away from others and trying to live. However, even though they do these things together the boy does show signs of some different ethics than the father has, for example the boy will question if they should be taking things, then he says after finding the
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Then he finally understood that he had to leave his father alone to survive like he had been doing for his whole life. Then the most mysterious thing happens, a man walks up to the Boy and confesses that he has been following them for the longest time, and wants to take care of him. The Boy unsure if he should trust him asks him if he is carrying the fire. When suddenly a pregnant woman comes out of the bushes and gestures for the Boy to come with them; the Boy finally decides to follow them. After the man and boy’s journey ends, they learn that people will do absolutely anything to survive and will create excuses so they will not be blamed for what they are about to do.
In the beginning of the novel, the father reveals himself as a strict and protective parent. Living in an apocalyptical world he has become caution, and paranoid person. He teaches his son that everyone is a threat and to always stay alert. During their travel to the south they face a man who tries to deceived them.
He also treats them as adults which encourages them to flourish intellectually and morally as much as possible. Moral Education goes hand and hand with a social conscience. The novel ended explaining how education understanding and sympathy are important in teaching a life lesson. Showing understanding and sympathy is the best way to demonstrate theses
McCarthy incorporates many religious references into this passage in order to show how the man has resurrected as a new being—one who has moved on from the death of the past, forgiving himself. Beginning at line 30, the man falls asleep in front of the fire “with his hands palm up before him like some dozing penitent” (XXX) Not only are his palms up—similar to Christ’s palms on the cross, but the narrator compares the man to a penitent, one who repents their sins and is seeking forgiveness from God. After the man shuts the wolf’s eyes—a spiritual act in itself—the man imagines the wolf running once again, alive as ever, far from death. This new life serves as a resurrection just like the resurrection Christ had after his death, representing the man’s new understanding of the world; opening his eyes even when they are
Want to know how a post-apocalyptic environment can affect your ways of life? The Road by Cormac McCarthy has a clear depiction of the reality of a post-apocalyptic world. The night is scary and realistic. This is the reality that you can not escape. A true understanding of life, the aspects of reality.
An example of this scenario is when they find abandoned properties and the boy warns his father about going inside of homes and exploring the different rooms including a basement that held people captive and abused. Pizzino agrees with the idea of the boy being a messiah who looks out for his father’s best interest when stating, “the boy’s existence is an equivocal good, and that anything done in the service of this good has divine “warrant””(361). In making this statement, Pizzino insists that the boy is a considered an authority figure who allows the permission of specific events. The author of this article also reminds his audience that the only company the man and boy have is each other. McCarthy provides more information when he writes, “He knew only that the child was his warrant.
The Road: A Breakdown of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs In Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel, “The Road”, a man and his young son find themselves on a journey fighting for survival through a dark and desolate world. With no identity or any hope in the future, the characters are faced with many compromising decisions. Two levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the physiological and safety levels provide the most motivation and validation for the characters’ actions throughout the novel. There are 5 major levels to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs; physiological, safety, emotional, esteem, and self-actualization (Maslow 1).
Some days they go hungry, the weather uproots their lives, and other hindrances place a awful, dark outlook on life. Cormac Mccarthy writes about a disgusting world. It is the dying of lie on the planet, the end of the world. Not only do the gruesome events in the novel led the reader to take an opposing view, but even the setting of the novel
The Line between Right and Wrong All human beings have morals, whether they are their own individual ideals, or the morals that have been set into their brains by society. However, these morals can change over time if an individual is put into an atrocious situation where those ethics need to evolve. This situation has occurred in The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, where the world is thrown into complete chaos and turmoil where there is no food or clean water readily available. Individuals then need to change their morals in order to survive in an environment that is socially and physically changing. Therefore, in a post-apocalyptic world, the concept of right and wrong changes due to the need of survival.
The discovery of fire revolutionized human history. It allowed for vision in the night, a method to cook foods, and a way for protection for the human ancestors. Its became indispensable for the development of human societies, and continues to be of great importance today. It continued to hold its importance in writings and visual works, becoming a universal symbol for various meanings such as power and wrath. In Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, fire is a prominent and reoccurring symbol for life, death, and passion.
The man and the boy encounter many difficult obstacles which make their journey difficult in the apocalypse. The man makes a quick decision and has to kill a man who threatens the life of the boy. The naked people kept in a basement against their will forces the man and the boy to realize the importance of being careful while searching through houses. The man convinces the boy to go on without him because the man cannot watch the boy and let him “carry the fire”(234) on his own. Ultimately, the man and boy conquer many obstacles which each teaches them lessons.
A Land of Isolation Imagine waking one day into a colorless world filled with emptiness and isolation. This was the setting in which the man and the boy would have to endure through. The post-apocalyptic world was filled with dangerous humans, cannibals, and other beings who would cause harm to anyone who crossed in their paths. The father and son duo struggle to find a safe haven in a world of desolation, fire, and ash. The setting enhances the reality of a land of darkness, terror, and depression.