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Transcript of The Road
Done By: Taewoong Won
Social or Cultural Issues
Alliteration: "dark beyond darkness and the days"
Assonance: "low moan and turned and lurched away"
Consonance: "woke in the woods in the dark"
Visual (Eye) Imagery: "eyes," "see," "sightless," "stared"
Auditory (Ear) Imagery: "silence," "pulsed," "soundlessly
Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island on July 20, 1933. He is an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and Post-apocalyptic genres. He won the Pulitzer Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction for The Road (2006). His 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. For All the Pretty Horses (1992) he won both the U.S. National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. All the Pretty Horses and The Road were also adapted as motion pictures.
The story starts off with a father and his son travelling to the south because of extremely cold temperatures, in a post-apocalyptic world.
The initiating incidednt is when the apocalyptic event had taken place.
"On the far side of the river valley the road passed through a star black burn. Charred and limbless trunks of trees stretching away on every side. Ash moving over the road and the sagging hands of blind wire strung from the blackened lightpoles whining thinly in the wind. A burned house in a clearing and beyond that a reach of meadowlands stark and grey and a raw red mudbank where a road works lay abandonned. Farther along were billboards advertising motels. Everything as it once had been save faded and weathered." pg 8
• The world is inquired by a unknown disaster
• It passed ten years since the disaster happened, all culture,
civilization, plants and animals are gone.
• Most of the survived humans are left as a man-eating tribe
The son is born into the post-acopalyptic world. He has a lot of trust in others.
The resolution is when the women takes the boy with her to take care of him.
I dont know how you made it this far. But you should go with me. You'll be alright.( pg.283)
The father believes he has been appointed by God to protect the boy. The boy is the only reason that he is living. He always remains suspicious . He is constantly paranoid at other people and their intentions.
By Cormac McCarthy
Good vs Evil
Memory and the Past
Strength and Skill
Versions of Reality
Compassion an Forgiveness
Man vs Nature: The father and son struggles to survive in a freezing winter and firestorms after a catastrophic event.
1) Man vs Man: The father tries to protect the boy from canniblas
2) Man vs Man: The father tries to keep boy away from strangers but the boy wants to help everyone who comes by
Burnt Man: when the father and the boy encounters the man who have been struck by lightening, the boy wishes to help him but the father refuses. The burnt man collaspes when they walk away
Man from the truck: The man from the truck tries to persuade the father and the son to join him but when the father refuses, the man takes boy as hostage, putting a knife on his throat, but the boy's father shoots him.
The Cannibals: The cannibals tries to kill and eat the boy and man
The Thief: the thief steals the man and child's belongings but the father tracks him down and threatens him with pistol, and the thief returns what he stole.
The man with shotgun and his wife: these people welcome the boy into their family after the boys father died.
The tension increases when the thief takes everything away from the boy and the father when they return to their camp.
"What is it Papa?
He pulled out the pistol from his belt. Come on he said. Hurry
The tarp was gone. Their blankets. The waterbottle and their campsite store of food. The sailcloth was blown up into the dunes. Their shoes were gone. (Page 253)
More suspense adds up when the father gets shot in the arrow and tells the boy to continue his journey himself.
"It's all right. This has been a long time coming. Now it's here. Keep going South. Do everything the way we did it.
The climax is when the father dies after a sleep. When the boy wakes up, he finds his father "Cold and Stiff"
He slept close to his father that night and held him but when he woke in the morning, his father was cold and stiff. He sat there a long time weeping and then he got up and walked out through the woods to the road. (p 281)
The falling action is when the family comes and persuades the boy to travel with them.
Important Quotes 2
•“When you die it's the same as if everybody else did too.”(p, 35)
• “If trouble comes when you least expect it then maybe the thing to do is to always expect it.” (p, 151)
“There is no God and we are his prophets.” (p, 170)
•“Where men can't live gods fare no better.”(p, 172)
• “You have my whole heart. You always did.” (p, 279)
•“If only my heart were stone.” (McCarthy, 11)
•“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.” (p, 12)
→It means that the father cannot forget his terrible things he had got, while he recalls moments of terrific beauty of the former world only sometimes.
•“Nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave.”(p, 171)
→This quote expresses that no one will want to live in this destructive world but no one wants to die.