Monday, November 25, 2013

McCarthy's Created World

McCarthey's Created World:

Literal World... 

Even though we never find out what happened to this world, McCarthy still paints a vivid and horrifying picture of what the world would look like without order, society, culture and human life Constantly, like almost every page, McCarthy mentions how everything is covered in ash or soot, which leads us to believe that it was some sort of explosion, with fire, but again we do not know. The ash covers everything which sets the eerie idea that all this we had worked for as a world can be destroyed in such quick manner, and it all becomes for naught. What good is technology, and school and businesses if there is nobody to work, no place to sell or no society to invent? The ash and soot is how the old world is covered up and rendered useless by the apocalyptic event.

Like most books the beginning often provides the background and setting to the book, and it happens here, and the passage I really like as a description of the world is on page 6, it is the bottom paragraph that continues onto page 7. The man and boy come upon an old gas station and the gas station is just overrun by the environment and it is covered in dust and ash. The weeds that are growing on it are pushed aside by the man. The man looks in the gas pumps for any gas but it is all gone, only the faint smell of it is still lingering there, just like how most of our old world is gone but it still lingers around and remnants from the old world still pop up. The man has to look through the trash for useful items, "Dust and ash everywhere." This once nice gas station is a dump and everything in it is damp, ruined and useless, just like the old world items.,

McCarthy wanted to make a world that was destroyed and ruined, where all society is lost and man actually has to revert to old, simplistic ways to survive. Its a run back in time, instead of progressing forward in life, which we want to do, we are actually regressing, and being forced to use ideas and tactics we never thought we would need to. With all society and moral obligations thrown out the door, all usual/normal societal pressures are gone. Such as how we should use full, complete sentences to speak, and how we should look up to and respect out father. McCarthy often uses fragments to describe things and when the two talk its often brief and quick. Why should we speak in full sentences? Who said we have to? If the other person can understand the gist of what I am saying what difference does it make? The sentence length he uses is a parallel to the world the son and boy live in.

1 comment:

  1. Brian, Your ideas are good here, but you offer only one brief quote in a question about McCarthy's writing style.