The Road: McCarthy

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McCarthy’s The Road
Tells us of another world, the world elsewhere of McCarthy is not the alternative world of promise that Coriolanus almost commits to but fails, foiled by women. Like Coriolanus it is a world of the margins, a world of poverty, a world without spectacle, without media. but here the world elsewhere has become the only world and it does not offer alternative. (the first staggering difference) This is all there is, there is no longer the possibility of imagining the outside. There is no promise of the elsewhere. This is a world to be sure that is outside of capital that is arguably outside of the nuclear family, that is outside is the saturation of media and the commodity. But the promise, that promise looks nothing like the utopia we might have hoped for but a dystopia of post traumatic landscape sort of this idea if we can just get out of capital, if we can just get out of the family, out of media, out of this world that is saturated with images at every turn with wage labour where are lives are sort of like we’re machines. if we can get out of that then yeah! like the world is amazing and then heres McCathy saying like well no not at all its even worse. McCathy seems to be suggesting that there is a world outside of media, outside of the spectacle, outside of the commodity and capital and its a world in which there is nothing to see. a world in which there is nothing to have, a world that is pure survival. its the quote “ponderous counter spectacle of things ceasing to be” 274 This is a world after something to which we have no access instead the novel transpires entirely in an after with little access to the before and no access to the event or events that caused the rupture. The world the setting that we are immersed in in McCarthy’s novel is one in which temporality as we know it is over. There is no past no future there is just now now now now. Can see it in the novel. there is the episodic structure one episode another episode another episode building up with no development no kinds of growing into climax and then a resolution “Sometimes the child would ask him questions about the world that for him was not even a memory. He thought hard to answer. There is no past. What would you like? But he stopped making things up because those things were not true either and the telling made him feel bad.”  

No list of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes. So, he whispered to the sleeping boy, I have you.” (54) the end of the past also means the end of narrative and by narrative i mean story and the development of a story where a plot unfolds and characters develop something resolves itself. because there is no past basically one can no longer make things up. there is no point in fictionalizing. no past and no future and no future means things of grace and beauty are somehow intimately related to pain instead of the relief of pain through aesthetics. the rupture or apocalypse never actually appears in the novel the characters don’t really give us clues as to how or why the world ended. we know that “everything was on fire there was some kind of environmental disaster, there is no sun the trees are collapsing, its endlessly cold and raining, the water is grey, there are basically no animals the reason behind the present state of things is conspicuously absent from the text. we are not told what happens to cause the death of her. The event of the apocalypse is described rather dispassionately only once in the text . “ quote “ 52 kind of a description of the event but not really just that something stopped and something was interrupted. it appears to be a sudden and unexpected happening but otherwise in itself an undramatic event. so the novel then is set in this post-apocalyptic...