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Dark Books And Human Nature In The Road By Cormac Mc Carthy Writings

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Losing a phone compared to being raped, starved, killed, and eaten in pieces makes everyday life seem not so excruciating. Cormac McCarthy was born July 20, 1933 and is one of the most influencing writers of this era. McCarthy was once so poor he could not even afford toothpaste. Of course this was before he became famous. His lifestyle was hotel to hotel. One time he got thrown out of a $40 dollar a month hotel and even became homeless. This is a man who from experience knows what should be appreciated. McCarthy published a novel that would give readers just that message called The Road. Placed in a world of poverty the story is about a man and his son. They travel to a ...view middle of the document...

A dull rose glow in the window glass” (The Road, 16). McCarthy started his inspiration at a window as he began the main characters at a window in discovery of the world’s mass destruction. The struggle for survival in the road was something McCarthy also had to endure saying “ I remember finding samples in a mailbox because I was so poor I couldn’t afford to buy my own” (New York Times Magazine, 1992). In The Road the resources are few making the father worry. “Mostly he worried about their shoes. That and food. Always food” (The Road, 5). Coinciding, McCarthy’s homeless experiences and his novel The Road connect in the means of survival.

Today people underestimate the company of friends, family, and the modern day. The boy character in The Road is one of very few remaining humans in the world and has no sense of what it is like to be a kid. A treat to a modern day child is a ton of candy and to this boy it’s one can of soda. His father “put his thumbnail under the aluminum clip on the top of the can and opened it. He leaned his nose to the slight fizz coming from the can and then handed it to the boy,” haven’t smiled for as long as the father can remember the boy grins. The luxury’s given in a day one being a soda pop is not looked upon as a treat yet the boy sees it as what we would see in our favorite dessert or thing. The era the boy is born into consists of dead people, cannibals, and destruction. Reader’s experiencing the joy of family and friends do not know the means to be friendless. The boy takes interest in kids and if he will ever converse with them. While his dad is scavenging for anything useful the boy sees a boy and runs after him. The boy ends up heartbroken and did not find him in the end sobbing to his papa “There’s a little boy, papa. I want to see him” (The Road 26). It is sad the boy is growing up on earth at its worst. In addition he watches is own father pass away in a tragic state. Back in 1933 Teodora Soroka

experienced a similar matter. She lived in Ukraine when famine spread like the plague, killing thousands. Young Soroka, a survivor of the crisis remembers her baby sister recalling, “My little sister died of hunger in my arms. She was begging for a piece of bread, because to have a piece of bread in the house meant life. She pleaded for me to give her a bit of bread. I was crying and told her that we didn’t have any. She told me that I wanted her to die. I was little myself then. I cried, but my heart was torn to shreds because I couldn’t understand why this was all happening” (Ukraine Famine, 1933). Soroka implored she did not know what was happening which makes a similar point to the boy who asks a dozen questions of death and what not and wants to know what is happening. Soroka continues with her outcome declaring, “I haven’t spent a...

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