In Cormac McCarthy’s Sci-Fi novel, “The Road”, two mysterious people, a father and his curious son, contact survival of the fittest during tragic apocalyptic times. With a shopping cart of food and supplies, they excavate into the remains of tattered houses, torn buildings and other sheltering places, while averting from troublesome communes. In the duration of the novel, they’re plagued with sickness that temporarily unable them to proceed onward. Due to the inopportune events occurring before the apocalypse, the wife of the son and father committed suicide due to these anonymous survivors lurking the remains of earth. The last people on earth could be the ‘bad guys’ as the young boy describes them. In page 47, the wife reacted to this, stating, “Sooner or later they will catch us and they will kill us. They will rape me. They'll rape him. They are going to rape us and kill us and eat us and you won't face it. You'd rather wait for it to happen. But I can't.”
This book fits into the Science Fiction category since society has collapsed, reaching a total downfall in civilization. Mysteriously, the reasoning for the apocalypse is never hinted throughout the novel. Only the reader is forced to infer the possible It is only written from a first person view to third person, limited with the interactions and surroundings between the lone father and the prying son. As they cooperate in order to find their sources of survival, the two wanderers share their thoughts about other survivors around the world. In different parts of the coast, they’ll soon discover the items or necessary entities that should be of interest or deeply forgotten.
During travels, the two characters, son and father, excavate through homes and buildings filled with soot, assemble temporary dwellings using blankets, fire and tarp, and communicate with either the ‘good people’ or ‘bad people’. A father and son relationship is resembled between these two. The father is known as the ideal survivalist, with a shy companion to accompany him. This person, the son, strives for a good life among the deserted coastal land. In one instance, the boy endures a fever and the father hopelessly tends to him. In page 247, Cormac describes, “He carried him up to the camp and covered him with blankets. He tried to get him to drink some water. He put more wood on the fire and knelt with his hand on his forehand. You’ll be alright, the boy said. Of course I won’t go away. Even just for a little while. No, I’m right here. Okay. Okay, Papa.” The subtle dialogue may be a bit simple, but adds a gothic tone to the overall novel. Days start and end with periodic rains and pass with overall cloudiness. Nuclear fallout is constant, with gray ash falling throughout the story. Even the snow is tainted gray by the time it slowly falls to the ground. The earth is slowly dying, with no vegetation and few animals surviving. From place to place the same kind of devastation is found.
The road is a destined path...