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The Importance Of Light In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

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Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road encapsulates the grim psychology in his post-apocalyptic settings with a metaphor of blindness that allegorically renders to the state of hopelessness and confusion in his bleak world. Ina familiar environment, the father’s moment of awakening would mean a return to consciousness and the inevitability of reality, a respite from the hauntingly mysterious realm of dreams. However, in this landscape, where gloom corrupts the days like “the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away the world,” the clarity of awakening is overturned by a fear that only the retreat of death can cure. (McCarthy, 2006, p. 1)
This artwork provokes an abstract tale about the survival of faith and integrity of the Man and the Boy and the
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223). This network between the child and the light is persistent throughout the novel: after every scene of concentrated obscurity McCarthy focuses on this character to emblematically break and contrast that blackness with the Boy. It is apparent in the artwork that the Boy depicts as the intrinsic divine, who serves as a remedy to the ubiquitous ash, a desolate visual allegory for the “coalesced suffering” of the world (McCarthy, 2006, p.…show more content…
This courage validates McCarthy’s emphasis on the metaphorical fire, and the notion of goodness, for such concepts is compulsory if the conservation and advancement of humanity are attainable goals. At the end of the tale, the Son’s visible, and perhaps angelic, individuality saves him. Although in this case, the tired father yields the redemption, and the Boy’s continues living despite the great agony he feels after losing his one beloved companion. Hence, emulating the cycle of atonement after a period of great mayhem, this artwork places the expectation in this unlikely leader to carry within him the divine spirit—“the fire”—to set humanity ablaze in tongues of scorching
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