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Religion In The Road

How the religious alluions create a motif which lead to the mood
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Mariah Davis

on 1 February 2013

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Transcript of Religion In The Road

Religious Allusions and The Road To The Mood By: Mariah Davis Allusions Motif Mood Characterization So Basically... Ely alludes to Elijah in the Bible*

References to God Religious Allusion Goodness vs.
Evil McCarthy was born in 1933 in a Catholic home, was raised a Catholic, and attended a Catholic school in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Ely wonders about being the last person left alive: “Suppose you were the last one left? Suppose you did that to yourself?” (169).

Elijah tells God that “the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away” (1 Kings 19:10, emphasis added).

Elijah wanders in the wilderness and is given food by God, who delivers the food by way of ravens (1 Kings 17:5-7); Ely is fed by the boy and possibly mistakes him for an angel (McCarthy 172).

Perhaps Ely is a prophet who predicted the catastrophe of The Road and preceded the child, who is the word of God. Ely has lost his faith: “I’m past all that now. Have been for years. Where men cant live gods fare no better” (McCarthy 172) and he denies that his name is “Ely” (171).

Ely says “There is no God and we are his prophets” (170). These aspects of Ely point toward the possibility that God never spoke. “Ely” (McCarthy 161)resembles the Old Testament prophet Elijah


Elijah predicted a drought (1 Kings 17:1) Ely says“I always believed in it” (McCarthy 168) “My job is to take care of you. I was appointed to do that by God” (77). “Are you there? … Will I see you at the last?” they discover an underground bunker filled with food (McCarthy 138

facing death by starvation once again, the boy spots a house in the distance, and the house turns out to have food in it (202)

the man finds a flare gun on an abandoned sailboat—a gun that is crucial in a later encounter (240)

The boy encountering the man after his fathers death (281) “Pajaro de Esperanza”—bird of hope. The bird of hope is the dove. In the Old Testament, a dove carrying an olive leaf signals to Noah that the waters of the flood are receding (Genesis 8:11). But the sailboat named after the dove brings a message of despair “If he is not the word of God God never spoke" (McCarthy 5)

The book of Genesis depicts God as creating through speech (Genesis 1:1-31) He has to keep going so he need something to believe in The mood of this story is somber yet hopeful The allusions and Motif both contribute to the establishment of the mood

The characterization also contributes to the mood What are some other things with "good vs. evil in them?

How does that motif affect it? The religious allusions within The Road by Cormac McCarthy create the motif of goodness vs. evil and also add to the characterization of the father in order to create the mood So Basically... The religious allusions within The Road by Cormac McCarthy create the motif of goodness vs. evil and also add to the characterization of the father in order to create the mood
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