Holding to Hope, Even in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Karen Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow Prior
September 25, 2018

Though steeped in despair, the post-apocalyptic novel ultimately points toward goodness, both in its depraved world and our own.

October 4, 2018

Just thought I'd point out that the boy in The Road is a Christ-figure. "If he is not the word of God then God never spoke," among other references. At the end [spoiler] the boy spends three days with the body of his father in a cave and then emerges. The father develops in his faith throughout the text in subtle ways as well. I'd argue that he follows Kierkegaard's progression from the Knight of Infinite Despair to the Knight of Faith, but that's a long discussion that probably doesn't really work in an internet comment.

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