Award-winning author Cormac McCarthy’s The Road follows a father and son through a post-apocalyptic world. During their journey, the son seeks the understanding of the world they now reside in, and the father seeks the survival of his son. Though it seems all hope is lost, McCarthy hints at otherwise. Throughout the course of the novel, McCarthy expounds and alludes to God and scripture bountifully.
In the movie version of the Cormac McCarthy's the Road. There are several themes that are portrayed in the film such as destruction, death, isolation as well as survival. Some catastrophic events have led to swiping out of innocent lives in the movie. Eve cities are adversely destroyed; plant life and animals are gone. Civilization is also negatively affected with lots of chaos in place.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy tells the story of a man and his son on a journey to find remaining “good guys” in a cold, dark, dismal world full of evil. They are journeying south to the ocean to escape the ferocity of another chilling winter. Their other purpose is to find other good, moral people like themselves who are “carrying the fire.” The man and the boy are both journeying but for slightly varying purposes. For the man, the journey seems to be one of re-establishing the world of the past that he remembers so well, while for the boy, the journey is one of exploration and discovery.
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.
“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.
In The Road by Cormac McCarthy, the significance of truth is what the boy has come to believe along their journey, which is that himself and his father are the “good guys” and the people they encounter along the road are the “bad guys”. Throughout the book the boy continuously asks his father things like “are we still the good guys?” and “were they the bad guys?” and his father continues to give him validation and goes on to tell him that they are the good guys and everyone else they see is bad. I feel that throughout the story the boy comes to realize that they are not the good guys because he sees the way his father treats those innocent people that they have encountered, but he thinks it is necessary that he believes him and his father are
The Road to Maturity Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006) is a tragic story of a father and son’s struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The novel follows the father and son as they travel down ‘the road’ towards the coast, struggling with the world around them, which has dissolved into absolute nothingness. Very few people have survived the collapse of society, and the ones that have are savages and killers, doing what they can to stay alive. Seeing that all of the other survivors are turning into appalling and gruesome people, the father and son coin themselves the “good guys,” because they are not interested in hurting any of their fellow survivors. McCarthy never explicitly states the names of the father and son, nor specifies
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)
The line between good and evil is often blurred, even more so in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. ‘The Road’ is a horrible beauty about a man and his son’s journey to the coast. In this post-apocalyptic world, everything that once was is no more and everything that was once known is questioned. Does the small difference between life and death tip the balance of good and evil? Can some evil doings be justified and even be considered as good?
The Road: McCarthy’s Masterpiece In recent years, people have started to question the life expectancy of the world. The Mayans predicted the world would end in 2012. Since the world is obviously unharmed, people are left wonder what will happen in the future. Cormac McCarthy explores the mysteries of a post-apocalyptic world in his novel The Road.