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The story “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy | Summary

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The story “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy focuses on describing the ventures of a man and his son after the destruction caused by an apocalyptic event. The man and his son face numerous challenges as they lack food and are exposed to extreme cold in the night. However, there is an evident danger from road agents driving in a truck seeking to rape women, steal from people, and attack them. The road agents prove to be cannibals. Therefore, the son is terribly afraid of the danger that they may be facing. The film, titled Dawn of the Dead also described an apocalyptic event defined by zombies who seek to kill all the living people. Both works define the struggle of the people to survive despite the evident danger. In one of the scenes in McCarthy’s story, the man and his son hear a diesel truck that carries men with rifles (Bishop 240).

Unfortunately, for them, one of the men caught up with the man and his son in their hideout. The cannibal threatens to attack the boy, who is saved by his father using his pistol. The incidence reflects the adverse effects of the apocalyptic event whereby the living are in constant fear of being attacked by the cannibals. From McCarthy’s description, the apocalyptic event brought down the consumerism system that had defined society. The man and his son exhibited a lot of fear, especially after the cannibal attacked the boy. McCarthy uses imagery to place emphasis on how the man sought to escape from the scene to a “dead run” with the boy being as mute as a stone (McCarthy 15). In the movie, a similar scene features Rodger, Peter, Stephen, and Francine in their bid to escape using the helicopter. In one of their stops for fuel, one of the zombies attacks them. Stephen proves a hero as he eventually kills the zombie. The background music in the scene places emphasis on the consumerism governing society. The music is loud when Stephen attacks the zombie but fades when the zombie is killed.

Work Cited
Bishop, Kyle William. “The Idle Proletariat: Dawn of The Dead, Consumer Ideology, And The Loss Of Productive Labor.” Journal of Popular Culture 43.2 (2010): 234-248. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 22 May 2015.
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. New York: Vintage Books, 2006. Print.

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