The Sociological Approach In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

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Within the literary world, the sociological approach can be presented within a widely multiplying range of dystopian and other literary works. They can either be functionalist, conflict, or interactionist perspectives. The Road, written by Cormac McCarthy, is a novel set in America, following a father and his son on a journey to the coast, however, it isn’t all pleasant. In a world of ash, destruction, and cannibalism, they must carry the fire, sacrifice, and love to survive each day on a dying planet. It is clearly apparent that the sociological approach is the most appropriate critical approach when examining The Road. First, the approach is used to determine the values being presented; Secondly, the approach is presented when researching the social environments within a literary work; Finally, The approach gives insight to a relationship between the society, its values, conflicts, and the literary characters. Determining the values being presented within a literary work is important. The sociological approach helps to determine the values being presented in the novel,The Road. Values in a society include culture, religion, meaning, etc. “He said: If he is not the word of god god never spoke” (5.4) With regards to religion within the …show more content…

There are many lessons throughout the novel that could be taught and learned in our world, this society, today. They may be true; however, the reasons the lessons are taught in the first place is because of the society being presented in this literary work, The Road. This gives the sociological approach a more appropriate understanding approach to the road. The society and the characters can be analyzed thoroughly and effectively this way. “When your dreams are of some world that never was or of some world that will never be and you are happy again then you have given up. Do you understand? And you can 't give up. I won 't let

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