Food And Food In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

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Cormac McCarthy manifests his novel, The Road, in a post-apocalyptic world on the east coast of the once famous America. The novel tells the simple tale of a man and a boy who must journey forward to find a way to survive in the wastelands. However, when analyzed with the techniques shown in Thomas Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, The Road’s complex structure in unveiled. The once simple journey transforms into a quest filled with exploitive vampires and meaningful conversations with food. The novel explores the depths of heart and strengthens the end with the parallel of the return of Jesus Christ. The concepts complete the novel as a whole and brings an interesting…show more content…
However, when a writer implements people consuming food, they are trying to show the character’s thoughts and feelings as well as how well they get along. The man and the boy are show to have a loving relationship as they share possibly the last can of Coca Cola in this world. “What is it, Papa? It’s a treat for you...You have some, Papa. I want you to drink it. You have some (McCarthy 23).” In his life, the boy has never had anything so exotic and bubbly, yet he still shares this drink with his father who had already consumed a cola before. The boy shares it with his father with the understanding that he may never drink anything like it again. This act demonstrates the depth of the bond between the man and the boy. The bond is also shown when the man tries to secretly sneak the boy all the hot cocoa, but the boy catches on. “You promised not to do that, the boy said. What? You know what, Papa. He poured the hot water back into the pan and took the boy’s cup and poured some of the cocoa into his own and then handed it back. I have to watch you all the time, the boy said (McCarthy 34).” The man has a generous heart and wants to give all the luxuries to the boy. However, it is show that the man is not the only one looking out for someone because the boy is looking out for him as well. Throughout the journey the man and boy never had a peaceful interaction…show more content…
Christ is implemented in myriad texts as a source of light in a fallen world and to justify the plot that good shall ultimately triumph evil. Authors create a parallel between the character and Christ in hopes to deepen the sacrifices by emulating Christ 's actions and wisdom. The man represents Christ in many ways such as being in continuous agony. He is always coughing his lungs raw and taking care of the boy over himself. The man is wise and spouts many wise aphorisms such as “You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget (McCarthy 12).” McCarthy 's world is a disgusting dump with burnt corpses and it’s hard to forget what you have seen there. The man and the boy use a humble mode of transportation all the way up to the coast. Their mode of travel was on foot with a cart which parallels Christ traveling on foot with a pack donkey. Jesus Christ also calls himself the good shepherd, and his followers are his sheep. He does not drive his followers but leads them. The sheep depend on their shepherd for guidance just as the boy depends on his father for survival. The boy will always follow the man as the boy says, “I believe you. I always believe you. I have to (McCarthy 185).” The boy believes that the man will guide him and not abandon him just like how the sheep trust in their shepherd. The most

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