The Road vs. Revelations

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A New Hope
“What the boy had seen was a charred human infant headless and gutted and blackening on the spit” (198). The disheartening mood is a common theme throughout The Road. The novel tells the story of a nameless father and son who journey to the coast following the apocalypse. The boy was born after the apocalypse and is now beginning to mature. Together, the man and the boy face cannibals, starvation, and illness. The man and the boy are constantly in search of food while they avoid being food for other survivors. The Book of Revelations is the last book in the Bible, probably written by John the Apostle. The author vividly describes the apocalypse and the afterlife. While Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Road, is similar in many ways to The Book of Revelations –the new hope to humanity, the apocalypse, and the love of the father – the author of The Book of Revelations also talks about the Final Judgment. Both authors describe the apocalypse similarly. McCarthy describes a “fire [that] came down from God” that “devoured them [the people of Earth]” (Rev 20:9). McCarthy consistently talks about “soft ashes” that cover everything and make “looking for anything of color” difficult (3). Ashes are mentioned in The Road alluding to a fiery apocalypse. The Road and The Book of Revelations both depict a fiery apocalypse that destroys humanity, leaving few survivors.

The survivors of the apocalypse in both The Road and The Book of Revelations face many challenges and have similar reactions to the apocalypse. In The Road, most survivors of the apocalypse committed suicide leaving the remaining people to resort to cannibalism in order to survive. The mother in The Road fears that the survivors will “eat us and rape us” and commits suicide over the fear she has of the cannibals (53). Survivors must do anything to survive after practically all of the known food supply has been wiped out. The survivors in the Book of Revelations respond to the apocalypse...
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