The End of The Road Essay
Faith is trust, hope, and belief in the goodness, trustworthiness or reliability of a person, concept, or entity. In The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, the father has an interesting attitude toward God, but keeps his sons best interests in mind. He helps his son keep that faith in God but doesn’t feed his own body with it. The father is able to use his knowledge of God to keep his son afloat for when the time is up for himself.
The father is all about his son, probably the best a father could be to protect his son. His stand- point on God is he wants his son to have something to believe in when he is gone. He tries to convince the child, and possibly himself that God is still an active cause to believe in, “My job is to take care of you. I was appointed to do that by God” (77). Here and there he will make small references for the kid even though his belief is cloudy. The kid had a lost childhood; if the dad were gone what would he then have a reason to stay alive then for? The father could also have found a presence of God in his son, “If he is not the word of God then God never spoke.” (5) Its obvious he knows about God and was possibly previously a believer, but he has gone literally gone through hell in this toxic wasteland, so he could have lost that connection to Him. Why would God be doing this to us, maybe there isn’t one? It’s hard to know what he actually thinks but through him we see the previous faith being installed in the son.
From the beginning of the book we have been able to see the father stressed, even bothered at God. This shows signs of cloudiness because he says, “Are you there? he whispered. Will I see you at last? Have you a neck by which to throttle you? Have you a heart? Damn you eternally have you a soul? Oh God, he whispered. Oh God."(11-12) He has a previous belief when he asks if he will see him at last, and if God has a heart. In Christian religion its not good to question God as saying if he has a heart,...