Fears While Alone In "The Road" By Cormac Mc Carthy

1094 words - 4 pages

Imagine being alone in a dark and gloomy world, trying to survive in a place with no food, no shelter and cannibals waiting for you to cross their paths. Cormac McCarthy confronts these fears in his novel, The Road. Released in September 26, 2006, this novel has been opening reader’s eyes to the reality of survival. An unexplained catastrophe has reduced the world to burnt, sparse land, home to few humans, dogs, and burnt plants. Ash and toxic particles fill the air, never letting the sun fully shine through. The main characters are a man and his young son, who are on a long journey south, trying to escape to warmer weather. They're alone, surviving off the bare minimum the land around them is providing. All of their possessions are pushed ahead of them in a shopping cart with a loose, squeaky wheel. They have enough to get by for a few days and then they must scavenge for more. Groups of cannibals roam the world, taking no pity on anything they come across. As they walk along, the deserted roads, the man keeps one eye on a motorcycle mirror attached to the shopping cart, so they are not attacked from behind. The only form of protection they have is a pistol, loaded with a few bullets. Every day is similar; wake up, eat a little food, pack the cart, look at the map and then start walking. In the middle of the book they run into a group of cannibals and the father is tested when his son is captured by one of them. The father and son go for days without food and very little water. One day they come upon an old farm. Here they find an underground shelter filled with food, water, and beds. They can’t believe their luck and fill their shopping cart to the brim. They stay for a couple of days, but then leave to try to make it to warmer weather. They walk on for many more weeks until they reach the coast. The weather is warmer and the son wants to just stay on the beach, but the father is worried about the cannibals finding them because they are so exposed. They end up wandering up and down the beach every day, staying somewhere different each night. In the end of the book the father becomes very sick. The son tries his best to help his father, but he keeps getting sicker until one day he lays down on the side of the road, too weak to go on. He tells his son that this is where he must die and that the boy must continue on without him in search of civilization. That night the father dies in his sleep. The next day the son stays by his side, until a man finds him. At first the boy is unsure about the man, until he realizes that the man has a family with him. This family takes the boy in and they continue their journey down the road.
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