The Road Essay

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Student Independent Study - Journal The Road by Cormac McCarthy The Road is a survival/thriller based novel published in 2006 and written by Cormac McCarthy, it is a short novel (307 pages) and was published by Alfred A. Knopf. A unnamed father and his young son journey across a grim post-apocalyptic landscape, some years after a major unexplained cataclysm has destroyed civilization and most life on Earth. The land is filled with ash and devoid of living animals and vegetation. Many of the remaining human survivors have resorted to cannibalism, scavenging the crumbling ruins of the city and country alike for human flesh. The boy's mother, pregnant with her son at the time of the disaster gives birth to the boy but commits suicide shortly after in the knowledge that she cannot live in a bleak, lifeless world. Much of the book is written in the third person, with references to "the father" and "the son" or to "the man" and "the boy". The father figure (referred to as Papa by the boy) is projected as being a guardian of his young son. He believes he has been appointed by god to protect his son and will do so at all costs. Regardless of the psychical and emotional connection to the son they are different in their respective natures. The father is depicted of being a very cautious and someone suspicious of fellow individuals he encounters on their travels regardless of their intentions. The father seldom assists other travellers because of his cautious disposition whereas his son often wishes he could help travellers. The fathers is stricken with a debilitating illness which plagues him throughout the novel and manifests itself in the form of a hacking cough and bloody spit. In the end of the novel the father succumbs to his illness and loss of blood and his body is laid to rest near a stream in the opening of a forest. The son (or the boy) was born shortly after

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