The use of brute force is significantly reflected through plot in both these works. In The Island when the clones, Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta escape from the facility it is very clear that the use of brute force is necessary to get them back. Similarly in The Road the use of force is expected in order to protect themselves from other strangers. “The man had already dropped to the ground and he swung with him and leveled the pistol and fired from a two-handed position balanced on both knees at a distance of six feet” (McCarthy, pg.66). To clarify, the father and son had to use whatever force was necessary to survive, even if it meant killing. There are other examples of this dystopian characteristic in both these texts; for example, in The Island when the clones win “the lottery” Lincoln Six Echo witnesses the harvesting of the clones’ organs. The scene when Sharkweather, played by Michael Clarke Duncan wins “the lottery” and is dragged down a b...
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...s due to the fact that they want to live. “Run, he whispered. Run. He looked back. The truck had rumbled into view” (McCarthy, pg.61). Thus proving that the characters where extremely frightened from others. In the same way, the movie is identical, once Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta escaped from the compound they were told that “people will do anything to live” (The Island). The “products” were forced to take more precautions to stay alive; they started to not trust anyone. From this, there is a theme that can be created which is that one can still have faith.
The theme for this dystopian characteristic is this; one can still have faith even when they don’t have a whole lot to be hopeful for.
The Island. Dir. Michael Bay. DreamWorks Home Entertainment, 2005.
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. Toronto, Canada: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Print.
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