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. As the man was drying off his son’s hair by the fire, he thought it was all “like some ancient anointing,” why not “evoke the forms” and “construct ceremonies out of the air and breathe upon them,” showing how the man identifies his son as sacred (McCarthy 74). The simile compares the man’s actions to that of an ancient anointing, in which his son is the one being blessed. This passage demonstrates how the father maintains some belief in religion and equates both beauty and piety to his son. For the man, the boy represents something sacred that creates an incentive for the him to keep living, if only to protect the boy. The man “sat beside him and stroked his hair. Golden chalice, good to house a god,” depicting how the man identifies the boy as godly (75). The metaphor
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A Christ figure’s sacrifice is commonly the result of a betrayal of a Judas-esque character. A Separate Peace describes the story of life in a boarding school in the early nineteen forties. When talented athlete Finny falls out of a tree and breaks his leg, his best friend Gene is to blame. Through a series of events, the breaking of his leg causes Finny to die.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Minister’s Black Veil, Hawthorne reveals how sacrifice illuminates a person’s values by allowing Mr.Hooper to lose his dignity to prove a point to his community about his beliefs, through wearing a veil over his eyes to symbolize not only his sin but the sin of his community.
The Road Discussion Questions and Answers • 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.
Also to tie in that religious hint, due to the time frame; which attracts the reader 's’ attention. “No origin” “washed” “god” “penitent” all these terms are referred to be a symbolism of the religious meaning. In fact, maybe the main character him/herself were religious or had spiritual point of views and trying to raise awareness in regards of the subject. Also it is noticed within the text that the author’s writing perspective is in third person point of view, referring that the author is telling a story which is another perspective that makes it even more interesting. Also relating to god like origin.
“Tattoos on the Heart” by Gregory Boyle, exemplified God’s work, compassion, and kinship. Father Boyle expressed God’s work when he created the Homeboy Industries while back to help turn Homeboys’ lives around. God’s work is in us all. “God can get tiny, if we’re not careful. I’m certain we all have an image of God that becomes the touchstone” (19).
In the 2006 novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy, a man and his son struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Told through a lens of constant hardship, the book follows their arduous journey towards a coast in order to survive the winter. Throughout the novel, McCarthy shows that having hope enables people to persevere in dire circumstances because it counteracts the possibility of negative outcomes. First, the woman’s monologue about her death displays the despair necessary to abandon all hope.
I came into this village like a bridegroom to his beloved, bearing gifts of high religion; the very crowns of holy law I brought, and what I touched with my bright confidence, it died; and where I turned the eye of my great faith, blood flowed up. Beware, Goody Proctor---cleave to no faith when faith brings blood. It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God’s most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it. I beg you, woman, prevail upon your husband to confess.
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.
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.
In “a summer life”, by Gary Soto he shifts from fraudulent excitement to shameful remorse by using biblical allusions, diction, and tone devices proving that immature memories hold more shame when reexamined after maturing. Throughout Soto`s piece he uses biblical references to describe the feeling of sinning. Within the first paragraph Soto tell us that as a young child he was “holy in almost every bone” recognizing his ebullient childhood. Continuing through the story he expressed that his desires came from “God howling in the plumbing” as he laid up under the house.
Parker has the feeling of strong emotion, “[it] lifted him up as some people are when the flag passes by. He was a boy whose mouth habitually hung open”(O’Connor 2), giving the allusion of the acclaiming accolades of admiration in his presence. Showing this awe-stricken archetype, habitats what should be, a habitually accommodated acceptance for God. O.E. Parker’s praise for tattoos establishes the material hunger for materialism; it unveils the author’s reality, revealing each tattoo as a sin towards God and defiance towards Sara Ruth, because she does not approve of them.
Just like many other authors, Cormac McCarthy uses a lot of intertextuality, or allusions in his work. These allusions are connected with many literary classics like Moby Dick and Paradise Lost etc. Many of these allusions are also connected with the Christian tradition in a direct or an indirect way. Some of the most obvious examples of these allusions can be found in both The Road, which attracted a lot of criticism, among other reasons, because of the amount of biblical allusions; and Blood Meridian which is by now a highly esteemed literary classic, but nevertheless very controversial due to its violent content. But what is the reason why McCarthy decided to implement so many allusions into his work?
The Road, written by Cormac McCarthy, is a novel that follows the journey of a father and son traveling south to escape the post-apocalyptic scene they were unfortunately put in. The father and son are survivors of some unnamed disaster that has occurred. As time passes by there is less and less food. There is also a lack of plants and animals. Other than scavenging for food, the only means of survival for some is cannibalism.