The Road

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.” 

Cormac McCarthy – The Road

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This post-apocalyptic novel, written by Cormac McCarthy, follows the journey of a father and son and their attempt to navigate a desolate imagining of Earth in search of something more. Along their journey, our protagonists experience unimaginable horrors, delving deep into their reserves of resilience to continue on. McCarthy’s bleak and near lifeless world pushes his characters to both their mental and physical limits. Furthermore, The Road focusses strongly on the relationship between the Man and the Boy (who never get named), exploring themes of love and despair. Most importantly, The Road reminds readers of the importance of having hope in even the most hopeless of situations.


The Man

The Boy

The Woman

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Struggle to Survive


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Biblical Allegory

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