Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Cormac McCarthy's Literal World
Cormac McCarthy creates a new world in his novel The Road. It is not your typical fantasty world that people usually create. In fact, it is the opposite. He portrays this new world with interesting, descriptive words throughout the pages of his novel. He uses many compound words, some that he even makes up. He makes up these words and uses incorrect punctuation possibly to display how this new world is destroyed and disorganized. But most importantly, he portrays this world as a dark, gray world after the harsh apocolypse has happened. "Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before" (3). There are very few times when it is sunny outside, or even light during the day. The world is very dark, and always dark. Dark because of the apocolypes and the ashes, but also dark because of the danger the father and his son are in throughout their journey down the road to the south. As readers, we know how McCarthy is trying to portray this dark and gray world because of the amount of times the words "dark", "gray", and "ash" come up on each page. "Dust and ash everywhere" (7). He repeats himself as the narrator many times most likely to get his point across, that this world is gray, always. And he successfully does get his point across because the readers do know how this world is supposed to be. Furthermore, since the world has been destroyed, the father believes that him and his son can start over in the south. He believes that they can create a new world again in the south where it is warm and maybe even light during the days. "With the first gray light he rose and left the boy sleeping and walked out to the road and squatted and studied the country to the south" (4). The father realizes that he has a long journey ahead of him with his son. He is willing to make this journey with hopes that he reaches this new world where he and his son can live peacefully and safely. Success and safety are their goals and in order to fulfill them, the father and the son need to change the dark world that McCarthy has described for the readers.