Humanity In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

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In Cormac Mccarthy's novel, The Road, the overall outlook on humanity and life is negative. Death, fear, and sadness consumes humans lives. Mccarthy mainly writes about how darkness has taken over in this apocalyptic world in The Road. The apocalypse has unrooted many humans making them live in harsh ways, even turning them into cannibalistic animals. Some events make the father and son live in fear. 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…show more content…
Throughout the novel the son and father live in fear, which is no way anyone should live. No matter where they go they always maintain to have eyes in the back of their heads, because they never know who or what they might stumble upon. They tend to stay away from people. The father takes extra precautions, for example he has a mirror on the cart so he can see what is behind them at all times. The father does this because in this case someone is following them. One man gets struck by lightning so the son wants to help him, but the father wants nothing to do with it. In the novel the father and son do not stay in one place for too long, even when they are in a bunker underground that has loads of food, the father still does not think it is safe enough for them. The food source is limited, to get food they have to put themselves in danger. The young boy is worried when they walk upon homes because they have to go inside to find food. Constantly, they have to look for food because it is scarce, there are times when the father has to go hungry to feed his son. Fear eventually catches up to them because what the father had been afraid of since the beginning has finally come. He dies, leaving the boy to fend on his own. Mccarthy concluded his novel with a tragic ending filled with gloom and
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