Journey On The Road Essay

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In McCarthy’s, The Road the issues regarding environmentalism are a significant contributor to the decline of civilization. The remaining survivors in the post apocalyptic society struggle to live and maintain their way of life. McCarthy writes,
"The world shrinking down about a raw core of parsible entities. The names of things slowly following those things into oblivion. Colors. The names of birds. Things to eat. Finally the names of things one believed to be true. More fragile than he would have thought. How much was gone already? The sacred idiom shorn of its referents and so of its reality." (McCarthy, 88-89)
In this passage, the loss of life is evident in the world. Slowly, the ...view middle of the document...

Their surrounding environment is unable to provide them with the basic necessities in order to stay alive, and as a result are forced to scavenge for supplies. These issues in a post apocalyptic society, are not only relevant today, but are also prevalent around the world. In today’s society, there is a concern about the well-being of the environment. These environmental issues range from natural to man made disasters. In correspondence to these disasters, global organizations have taken a stand to implement preventive measures. The United Nations is a non-governmental organization which has created its own institution to deal with these concerns. The Global Environmental Facility was established with the initiative to assist countries in funding projects that protect the environment and promote sustainable livelihoods in local communities. Through the institution, countries are able to meet the world’s goals for development, climate protection and the conservation of natural resources including biodiversity by acting locally for a global impact. Over the past 23 years, the Global Environmental Facility has invested $12.5 billion directly to their projects while offering $58 billion in co-financing. They have been able to implement over 3,690 projects in more than 165 countries.The GEF is recognized as the world’s first public financial fund which has invested in the joint management, care and restoration of the Earth. In McCarthy’s The Road the disaster which occurs and then proceeds to bring forth an apocalypse remains unknown. The conditions described by McCarthy lead the reader to assume it was a spontaneous event. The characters in the novel seem to have been unaware which is why as it begun it was too late to take preventative measures. The underground bunker which was found by the father and son are proof of this as the bunker was found unused. In contrast to today’s society, citizens of the world have taken notice of these issues and how it affects not only their future but the future of their offspring. By partaking in a share of environmental responsibility, civilization flourishes and values for the care of the earth ensures that in the future others will maintain it as well.
In a morbid account of life in a post apocalyptic society, the loving relationship between a father an son act as a central theme throughout The Road. This theme places emphasis on the values shared by the main characters and it illustrates that not all of humanity has been lost. After five days of no food, or rest, the father and son come across a house. They decide to investigate and find that it is a trap, people who enter the house are then caught and locked in a room as food for the cannibals. Whilst waiting to escape, the father reconsiders his will to kill his son, as he questions,
“Can you do it? When the time comes? When the time comes there will be no time. Now is the time. Curse God and die. What if it doesn’t fire? It has to fire. What if it...

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