Now let’s talk about God….

Now in the novel “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy he shows what’s humans of our own race is capable of doing when in times herstiric ends. being real, God was hardly ever recognized throughout the novel. why? Well, from my knowledge of God. Through any hard times anyone would automatically pray to God, looking up to him through hard times, sad times, good times, angry times, heck its really anytime for my personal opinion. In the novel the boy didn’t know much of God all he knew was his father. Basically in the boy’s eyes his own father was God to him, he looked up to his father to be there with him every step of the way through everything. When the father passed away the boy really didn’t know what to do afterwards. He stayed by his father’s side mourning over his death. As from the novel, “…the boy didn’t uncover him but he sat beside him and he was crying and he couldn’t stop. He cried for a long time. I’ll talk to you every day, he whispered. And I won’t forget. No matter what. Then he rose and turned and walked back out to the road.” This establish that he was realizing he had to let go of  his father and keep moving forward without him. While promising to talk to him everyday, no matter what. From this I suspect that God is his father.

From my previous lessons in my English class, we’ve discuss about Christ-like figures that represent God. They are characters that is an embodiment or representation of Jesus Christ. So with that being said I figure the boy from the novel is a Christ-like figure. Why, because he seem to know when things are not good to be around like for example when the father found a locked vault door and in the middle of trying to open it. The son wagers on about they should leave cause he knew that it wasn’t safe and steady for them to be there. but after the father finally got the door open after telling the child to hush for God sake because there could be food and warm clothes for them to take and use on their journey for them to last longer out in the cold to survive. When he open the door he went down the steps with his son real close to him and it reek of foul smell and when reached to the bottom step they both seem a man basically with no bottom half crawling towards them saying help me help us looking on to the others on the wall hung by their hands some naked others with tattered old smelly clothes then the father instantly grab the boy to push him up the stairs fast as he could and quickly he put the door back how he found it and while he was doing that the boy was dancing in terror when the man looked on to the boy’s gazed and see people from the through he window and grab the boy and took off running non stop till they felt as if they were out of sight and tried to give the boy the gun to tell him or if you ever get caught to put the gun up under his chin and pull the trigger hard and fast so it wouldn’t hurt and be a quick death, but suddenly as they sat still waiting the boy was telling his papa that he love him and didn’t want him to go without him leaving him alone in the woods. the father looked at his son and hugged him saying I will never leave you alone and they sat hidden in the woods till the close was clear and started out their journey again but much more careful of any peasant like them walking around their direction.

McCarthy’s vision of Human crisis

From McCarthy’s novel he visvualize humanity in a most horrific way that many people can do some outrageous things to one another. In the novel the father and son comes across some gruesome sights like the camp fire they wander into seeing the newborn child dead. The head was gone the whole body was charred, bones everywhere menacing things going on. Basically,  one of many sights unpleasing to the eye. Now for myself, I wouldn’t be able to stand the sight of blood let alone a NEWBORN CHLD THAT WAS EATEN BY ITS OWN mother and father. It hurts my soul to read something like that even in a book this sadden and gruesome. Cannibalism the main object in this whole novel. Finding dead bodies all dried up and shrunken. Bones everywhere, piles of them to be specific. Human bones mostly being displayed throughout the novel. So much terror being seen by a young boy never seeing the world before the arrival of the post-apocalyptic. What mostly concerned me for the boy when he ask his father questions about the world that for the father was no longer a memory he could recall. The father would make up things to the boy giving him imaginable insights of how the world was like. but for the instant moment the father thought to himself the lies he was telling his own son was  wrong to do and how much it made himself feel bad about it. The boy at times would ask his father multiple questions regarding if there were any other survivors left like them. Also asking if they were the good or bad guys. Somehow towards the ending of the story, the boy seem to knew that his father wasn’t going to last long like he knew he was dying. For the last little moments of the father time left with his son, his son would ask how will he know the difference between the good and bad guys. THE FATHER RESPONDING TELLING HIM HE WILL KNOW BUT HE HAS TO KEEP GOING SOUTH NO MATTER WHAT WEITHOUT STOPPING TO reach his destination.

All in all, knowing the father devoted his life to protect his son’s life. That’s almost every parents dedication to their child (ren) to protect them at any cost if meaning giving up their own life. And that’s what this amazing father did to protect his son through any measurement it took when it costs his own life.  But he still was there to watch over him with every step of the way from heaven.

Chapter 2: The Weary Wait pgs. 49-94

Over a hundreds books I’ve read, “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, is one of the most saddest books I’ve ever read. What father devotes his life to do everything possible to take care of his son when it means giving up his own life to save his. Any father right? Right, but this particular father takes care of his son when his lover kills herself because she felt it would save her son and so she wouldn’t live in the horrific life, that was brought upon them. So the father steps up taking every precaution there was to take care of his son. The two comes across other life in the journey, seeing many horrific things, some life saving. The horrific things they see are pretty gruesome like the charred infant, a pool of guts and bones that’s been cooked its scary to know such things like that goes on in a post-apocalyptic world. I for a known fact would have been like the little boy crying most of the time, because all you see is corpes of dead people some eaten others seem to bled out. I mean waking up to know there aren’t many people alive, you have to travel on a road and sometimes sleep in the woods to praying you wake up to find someplace better than last and hope this blood, tear, and heartache journey will finally be over too. Now I have to admit there were some happy moments of when they found food and clean water, a more clothing to keep warm and strong enough to keep going. At first I thought the young was going to first one to fall down as in get sick, die of starvation or froze to death you know simple things. But surprisingly he made it but his father didn’t i swear i was sitting on bed crying real tears when his father passes away in his sleep and the boy didn’t want to leave from by his side. That part made me sad and cry, he was in fact a brave soul to have sit there and know your won father was dying and you kept your word to always keep talking to him no matter what and to keep heading south and find good guys to help you along the way. I was extremely happy for the boy when a man came an took him to where there were other kids and people (the good guys) and now he safe and somewhat happier now that there are kids around his age. The boy throughout the whole story carried the fire ( the will to live) he in my eyes kept his father and himself alive when at moments when they came upon abandon houses the boy often times would say things like “papa, i think we should go, I’m scared, no.” Of course the father listen but never act upon his son request until after he searched the house. The boy at times did save them multiple times with his sense of danger. Like for example in the book, when they followed a man in the street to see where he was going whether he was a bad guy or not they pass by him to find out he was blind and the boy not letting his father walk away from he helpless man ask to give him some food and wanted to take him with them but knowing he really couldn’t because he wasn’t enough food for the three of them barely enough for just the two of them. The boy had a desire to see what good people are and was liberal to help them despite his own struggle to survive. The blind man said that the son could be a guardian angel to out looking to protect people he see fit. But the father seemingly agreeing to disagree knew and hated it because it only devoted his life to his son to protect at all cost even if it means taking his own life or his son. Throughout this whole book the two fought and push through to move forward to south on hope and faith of the hardships they will come across on their journey on the road.

Chapter 1: The Empty Walk pages 3-47

Now, personally me not being familiar with McCarthy’s style of writing. This book didn’t have chapters which stunned me. So, I’ve gotten creative by making up my own chapters to help stay focus better on the novel.. so there being a total of 286 pages in all I simply divided it by six, making it six sections in all The book called ‘The Road”, by author Cormac McCarthy is a post-apocalyptic novel meaning a catastrophe. This novel, somehow doesn’t quite catch my attention as any other book would have but little by little as I read further into the novel, My interest in the book slowly rise by so much. So moving alone, I know by common sense the novel is about “A father and his son walk alone through burned America”. As I see major disaster that has caused a total breakdown of society. At the opening of the novel, the narrator refers to a man only by naming him through pronouns, such as he and him. This man has awakened in the woods. He is with a young child. And it is cold and extremely dark. Even the days lack sunshine, as the skies are heavy with ash. The lack of light the man likens to a mythical, dreamlike journey through the insides of some beast. The man’s clothes stink, and the only shelter the man and boy have is a plastic tarpaulin. They have been on the move for years with so much pain, love determination and sacarfice. They walk along a road in a post-apocalyptic future. Around them, everything is dead or dying. Between sunup and sundown, the sky’s color changes by only a few shades of gray. It’s numbingly cold, and ash falls from the sky nearly all the time. The reader is never told what could have caused the world to turn out like this, but it’s not hard to imagine that it could be a nuclear explosion. In the end, it doesn’t much matter what caused it all, because there is life to attend to. The little boy needs to be fed and protected, and the father devotes himself to that. There are other survivors, but it’s hard to tell who “the good guys” are, those “who carry the fire.” McCarthy ventures into the deepest, darkest recesses of the human heart, and chronicles what he sees in vivid, yet restrained prose. Some survivors engage in cannibalism; others have organized in armies, red scarves at their necks, killing and stealing and rampaging; slavery reappears; and through all this madness the father must find food and protect his little boy. I had to put this book down a couple of times because I was not sure I could finish it. But I cared about the characters far too much to stay away, and so I picked it up again and finished it in one sitting. What Cormac McCarthy has done in his new novel is difficult, brave, and incredibly well-executed. A masterpiece.