The Line Between Right And Wrong In The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

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The Line between Right and Wrong
All human beings have morals, whether they are their own individual ideals, or the morals that have been set into their brains by society. However, these morals can change over time if an individual is put into an atrocious situation where those ethics need to evolve. This situation has occurred in The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, where the world is thrown into complete chaos and turmoil where there is no food or clean water readily available. Individuals then need to change their morals in order to survive in an environment that is socially and physically changing. Therefore, in a post-apocalyptic world, the concept of right and wrong changes due to the need of survival.
In a barren land with no food or clean water, it would be extremely difficult for an individual to find any source of nourishment. A type of environment such as this, a human being may try to do whatever is necessary to stay alive even if it means to resort to the eating of another individual. In today’s society, cannibalism is considered wrong and …show more content…

There are many individuals who have organized groups to stop the rise in suicide rates because it is immoral for someone to take their own life instead of letting nature take its course. However, if an individual were placed in a world where the final outcome is ultimately death and knowing that the life ahead will be gruesome and painful until that moment, their thoughts and ideals may change. For example, the mother of the boy committed suicide by shooting herself and she claimed that “sooner or later they will catch us and they will kill us. . . They are going to rape us and kill us and eat us” (56). The reason as to why she killed herself was because the world was so vile, corrupt, and atrocious that she could not bear to survive in it. She also did not want to have her last moments alive to be horrid

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