• A major difference in Cormac McCarthy’s style of writing is the lack of punctuation. He rarely uses commas, apostrophes, or quotation marks. A prime example is on page 192, where McCarthy writes, “The boy held the tin up and drained the last of the juice and then sat with the tin in his lap and passed his forefinger around the inside of it and put his finger in his mouth. Dont cut your finger, the man said. You always say that. I know.” (McCarthy 192). This passage supports the lack of punctuation by demonstrating the absence of commas, which makes the sentence longer. He doesn’t include the apostrophe in “don’t”, and eliminates quotation marks when dialogue’s involved. This passage also supports
The novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy conveys a man and his son caught in a desolate post-apocalyptic United States, where the date is unknown. The author never reveals the name of the man and the boy which asserts the reader into living vicariously through them. McCarthy overstates the “barren, silent, godless”(4) and bleak setting to reiterate the contrast of the atmosphere in the novel to the reader’s surroundings. The novel contains immoral people who are willing to do anything for humanity's survival where people that read the book will not share the same values. The man and the boy face many obstacles on the desolate, never-ending road that they overcome. The boy and the man have an encounter with a corrupt man that ends poorly, the man and the boy search for food by rummaging through houses they come upon helpless people, and the man’s decision at the end of the novel affects the boy. The boy is the light of the man’s world and the man urges to find a better place for them because of his angelic qualities and “if he is not the word of God, God never spoke”(4). McCarthy portrays the theme of the
Your arm hairs stand tall, your breathing increase rapidly, your pupils dilate, your legs shake, and you freeze. Only one thing can make your body react this way while reading: Gothic mood. Mood can be described as what the audience feels while reading the story, and it can be achieved through the development of imagery, theme, tone, setting and diction. Gothic mood, specifically, evokes intense feelings of death, horror, evil, and gloom. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, contains a passage that is the ultimate example of Gothic mood. Through the use of any of the aforementioned descriptors, McCarthy creates an unique atmosphere of deterioration and hopelessness.
Have you imagined how the post-apocalyptic world will look like and will you choose try hard to survive or to die? In the book, The Road, written by McCarthy, the sky is dark. It’s cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. Everything has gone, only except some human beings who try every way to survive even by hurting and killing people. It seems that there is no reason to keep surviving in a world which no hopes remain, a father still perseveres to survive with his son and they are sustained by their love. On their journey, the father sacrifices a lot to protect his son and strongly shows his parental love.
The thick line between humanity and savagery that is portrayed by the formation of civilization is nothing but an illusion. As seen in the book, The Road, the line that separates humanity and savagery is in reality paper thin. Through the use of a post apocalyptic setting, Cormac McCarthy manipulates the sense of humanity through the bare primitive survival instincts the individuals living in the ruins of the world must adapt in order to survive.
How can we see faith in the life of Flannery O’Connor and how does she express it in her stories? O’Connor was a very creative writer for her time she had very creative ways of telling stories. O’Conner was a shy woman growing up she got into writing in high school when she began writing in her school newspaper as the art editor. Flannery O'Connor was a Catholic she insisted that she had the heart and mind of a Christian writer all of her works were related to the life of Christ. Thought her religious themes could be hard to pick out of her stories.
“If morality is extinguished, there is no human being left,” Gitta Sereny answered, when asked about her personal beliefs on human morals. Sereny, a famous journalist and writer, was famous for her outlook and interviews on controversial people, including a child murderer of the 60s, Mary Bell. Bell was only eleven years old when she took the lives of two toddler aged boys. Sereny was an expert of Mary Bell’s case, a girl who seemed to have no care of other humans. She noted how a person with no morality behaved, resulting in the previous quote. The Road by Cormac McCarthy demonstrates to readers the same general perception, and displays just how much an inadequacy of morality can transform a person, or a world, for the worse.
Cormac McCarthy’s novel ,Child of God, is the tale of a violent, dispossessed man living on the outskirts of society. Set in 1960s rural Tennessee, the novel focuses on the life of Lester Ballard, a murdering necrophiliac who seemingly only follows his own rules. Ballard is represented as a despicable, unhuman character, who apparently is, “A child of God much like yourself perhaps” (4). While Ballard repeatedly commits evil acts, one cannot help but find a soft spot for this man who was unloved as child and seems to be a product of his cruel environment. On the surface, Ballard’s actions make him seem alien to “us” (society) but to delve deeper, one discovers a true understanding of Lester Ballard. McCarthy uses Lester Ballard and his attributes to reflect on the condition of human nature.
O’Connor’s medical history is also critical background information because it serves as an explanation to the firm religious perspective from which this story is told. She struggled with the detrimental effects of lupus disease which rendered traces of violence and anger entwined throughout her literature written during this dark period (Gordon). Her waning health can be argued to account for her rather extreme change in religious portrayal in comparison to the other stories written around the same time. Although religious content was generally present in her earlier short stories, it tended to be much more concealed allowing her readers to perceive the material from a strictly secular basis if chosen to do so. In contrast, her final stories, including “Revelation,” portray Christian beliefs in a much more bleak and overt manner, as if O’Connor were attempting to ensure her ideologies were understood out of fear of them being misconstrued in previous context before she passed away (“O'Connor's Short Stories”).
Cormac McCarthy has a unique writing style in comparison to standard novels. Typically, novels have varying sentence structure and distinct separations of dialogue between characters and narration. Though, in The Road, descriptions and dialogue blend together, as there is no punctuation, and rarely a formatting change, to help distinguish the two pieces. Furthermore, McCarthy utilizes a style that is more suitable to poems than novels. The sentence lengths, like in many poems, are almost uniform and typically follow short, direct approaches. Moreover, nearly all of his sentences are simple in structure, consisting of only one independent clause, with the occasional dependent clause added to the mix. However, despite the straightforwardness
Authors use rhetorical devices to persuade and convey readers to see things their way. They specifically use them to emphasize the themes in their writing. In the short story “Revelation”, Flannery O’Connor uses the rhetorical appeals of ethos, pathos, and logos to bring about the theme of religion. She uses her familiarity with Catholicism, factual evidence about the character’s reality, and sympathy towards Mrs.Turpin to enhance her short story. Her use of a familiar religion allows the reader to feel comfortable knowing that O’Connor is writing about a known topic.
THE ROAD, written by Cormac McCarthy, is a dystopian novel in which examples of altruism and selfishness are displayed. In the novel a man and his son venture through a post-apocalyptic world heading west seeking shelter and scavenging for provisions, the two face many hardships and experience the horrors of a dehumanized society. John H Miller a research professor of the Santa Fe Institute has brought the profound question into thought asking, “Are we fundamentally altruistic or selfish?” Each side of this question could be argued as THE ROAD provides substantial evidence that could support both positions equally. Fighting for survival, the man and the boy are written so that they exhibit the last few forms of altruism, shown in their actions as they trek through their corrupt and chaotic world.
This story does not strongly depict which character is good and which is bad, but you can say that both characters have their flaws and both have evil characteristics. Neither one has a direct calling from God but the barn scene is a clear message of right from wrong. Hulgas self centered and manipulating personality shows that she uses her insecurities to try to take advantage of others. Pointers character is a bad con man who takes advantage of these projected insecurities to get what he wants, and break people down. In addition both characters do not follow a strong religious background. They lack God and this helps draw them to do wrong. To conclude, Hulga and Pointer represent evil presence from their lack of goodness and religion in O 'Connor 's opinion. Not only does Good Country People depicts this but also The Life you Save May be Your Own.
1. In conclusion, I think the “The Road” was overall an amazing book, and it was one of my favorite books. I love particularity how we are left hanging on what happened to the world and how it got to the way it was. It left it open for your interpretation
The novel, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, is about a man and his son’s survival in a post-apocalyptic world. For the majority of the novel, the man and the boy are the only characters, leading to an abundance of dialogue. It is that dialogue as well as the narration from the author that make up the novel as a whole. But there is a stark difference between the narration and the dialogue with the dialogue being simple and the narration being complex. Despite the extreme contrast between the two, the narration and dialogue combined are able to hold thematic importance in the novel.