There is a vivid representation of cannibalism in The Road. The of the boy depicts a cannibalistic creature with non-human like characteristics. The cannibalistic boy is thin, rachitic, and appears similar to an animal inside a skull gaping out the eyeholes. In a separate encounter, he meets a reptilian-like human with cannibalistic characteristics such as rotten teeth and cold shifting eyes. Human survivors resort to cannibalism as their only option of survival.
Other themes connected to cannibalism include violence and death. The author describes the brutality of life on The Road, in terms of “the screams of the murdered. By day the dead impaled on spikes along the road” (McCarthy). Violent murder and derangement in the novel are horrendous and rampant. Death is a common theme that relates to cannibalism. There is a scary collection of corpses littered inside the container in the truck. “Human bodies. Sprawled in every attitude. Dried and shrunken in their rotted clothes” (McCarthy). The world that The Road describes is far worse than anyone could have imagined.
Similar to The Road, the theme of cannibalism and death are also common ‘Dawn of the Dead’. As long as people do not exterminate dead people, dead bodies continue to resurrect and viciously kill other people. Although the creatures are not necessarily cannibals, they have cannibalistic tendencies because they have little or no intelligence and prey on humans. Similar to The Road, humans in Dawn of the Dead prey on other humans and feed on their warm human flesh. The cannibalistic creatures show little emotional response, despite the fact that some of them are relatives of those they attack.
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road.
Dawn of the Dead. (1978 film).