The Road text response
How does Cormac McCarthy entertain his readership in his text, The Road? Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road, winner of such highly acclaimed awards such as the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Award, is based in the dystopian, post apocalyptic world that is North America. It follows the journey undertaken by a father and son who follow the road from the north to the south of America in search of a warmer climate. However, their journey is not straightforward. The storyline reveals the state of anarchy that society has become, and how the slow but guaranteed demise of the human race has pushed the last remaining people to resort to surviving by any means necessary. All moral and ethical codes are forgotten, as murder, theft and cannibalism are exercised by some. The quality that differentiates the father and son from the other desperate survivors is their unwavering religious beliefs and moral code, which is portrayed in the storyline as them continuing to live as the ‘good guys’. This theme prevails no matter what problem they may face. An example of this theme used by the author is when the father and son find a fellow survivor near death. Rather than either ignore the man and carry on, or view him as a source of nutrition, they give him a meal and stay with him for the night, giving him comfort, company and warmth with a fire. The writing style that Cormac McCarthy uses is one that is both simplistic and extremely detailed. These styles come together to create descriptive phrases that make the reader feel that they are a part of the masterpiece. McCarthy uses a brilliant mix of figurative language and symbolism, which is the reason that Cormac McCarthy is able to consistently and thoroughly entertain his readership throughout the text. The use of language, and in particular for this novel the figurative language, is always a big gamble with success and failure. The way he conforms his writing...
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