Cormac McCarthy’s The Road frames post-apocalyptic future and a world without color and time. McCarthy gives us a devastating prophecy that covers a violent world where humanity has lost its meaning and a nameless catastrophe has achieved to create nothingness. He creates a wasteland where only real values have the chance to survive and despite the materialistic elements that have gone, he stresses powerful values- mercy and hope. The Road, though depicts the brutal activities of people even eating each other, emphasizes the burning light inside human being as the only hope for the reconstruction of civilization, and the essence of human light is considered the only weapon to destroy darkness. Despite the tragic events, raising the awareness that the survival of values peculiar to human being have disappeared, Mccarthy handles how humanity may be saved via humanitarian features. The aim of this study is to present how mercy and hope are given as the source of future life and at the same time to display these themes as the humanistic values which have not disappeared yet. Additionally, the study aims to present the author’s views regarding how life and even the existence of humanity may be under a serious threat without hope and mercy.


Mercy, Hope, Post-apocalyptic, The Road, Fire

Author : Bülent Cercis TANRITANIR
Number of pages: 163-170
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The Journal of Academic Social Science Studies
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