Thesis: Life and Death ~ Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" reflects the cavedriven idea of the harsh reality of life and the inevitability of death through the unique relationship between the man and the boy.
~ When reading Cormac McCarthy's "The Road", while taking messages of Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" into consideration, the relationship between the man and the boy is enhanced through specific, complex elements which include the significance of life and death, sybolism, and the path of enilightenment.
Introduction Carole Juge established an essay titled "The Road to the Sun They Cannot See: Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Oblivion, and Guidance in Cormac McCarthy's The Road," in which she relates particular elements of "The Allegory of the Cave" that bring an enhanced understanding of the relationship between the man and the boy and their journey south.
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