The Father And Spirituality In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

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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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