“The Beauty Of The Passages In Cormac Mc Carthy’s ‘The Road’ And Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes Depend On The Violence And Depravity Of The Rest O...

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‘The Road’ is a post-apocalyptic tale of a father and a son’s journey through a scorched horrorscape blasted by an unspecified catastrophe leaving only ash falling from a sky, no sun visible and only a few of civilisation . The first few pages situate us in this horrorscape alternating between two main settings. One of these settings is the long road in which they venture on towards the coast, in hope of a place of sanctuary - warmth, food, clarity and out of reach of the survivors whom have resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. The fact that there are survivors whom have not is a miracle in itself, especially with the land devoid of living animals and vegetation. This creates a moral debate about what it means to be alive in a dead world. Do you succumb to cannibalism to keep you striving or do you seek and find alternatives? Though right when the man and the boy are on the brink of starvation, they find a few saving graces off the road – another setting – in houses and possible food stores, gathering their finds into their only mode of salvation - an old grocery cart with one wobbly wheel, loaded with canned goods and dirty blankets. It’s as if Cormac McCarthy’s is insistent on restraining them from human flesh, in order to preserve their purity and humanity. However, the survivors are not essentially the lucky ones, for example the boy’s mother had committed suicide, despite the father’s pleas, as she has lost all hope a long time ago "We used to talk about death, she said. We don't anymore. Why is that?" in which she answers her own question when he doesn’t respond "It's because it's here. There's nothing left to talk about." She believed that they were the “walking dead in a horror movie” with nothing more to live for, but the man certainly does - his child, “his warrant”, whom he believes he is the word of God or “God never spoke”. Cormac McCarthy’s choice of religious allegory here implies that the man is God as Jesus, his son, was God’s word in the human form.

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