The Road

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Writers provide glimpses of other worlds, giving readers opportunities to reflect on their own world To what extent do you agree with this view?

The Road written by Cormac McCarthy is a post-apocalyptic novel about a man and a boy travelling down across what seems to be a bleak and dull land. In this book, we see a world that seems to have a bleak and dark future without a lot of hope. Land is somehow destroyed, perhaps by a natural cause. The cycle of seasons has been completely altered and there is a lack of civilisation. Although the book is constantly depressing and dark, there are moments that we have some glimpse of hope, and moments where there are some humanity portrayed. This is usually shown by one of the main characters, the boy. Through this novel, we are able to look at a world that is almost completely ruined and allows us to reflect on that. McCarthy is shows us through vivid description that if we continue to play around with nature, such as polluting our current world, one of the possible conclusions could result to being in a world such as the one we see in The Road. Therefore I agree to a large extent that the book provides us readers and opportunity to reflect on our own world.

McCarthy’s use of language provides us a vivid image in our minds to the post apocalyptic world that the book is set in. We are seen through a number of ways such as through descriptions of reality, morality, immorality and violence to show us the world The Road is set. “People sitting on the sidewalk in dawn half immolate smoking in their clothes… Within a year there were fires on the ridges and deranged chanting. The screams of the murdered…there was more punishment than crime but he took small comfort from it.“ This quote is the perfect quote showing us the brutality of the world in The Road. This is one of the few quotes that lead us to see how the world could have become the way it did. We are shown that derange and murder are involved, but an excuse being...
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