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Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Social Interactions and Social Relations

Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Social Interactions and Social Relations

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Seminar paper from the year 2014 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 3,3 (1,3), University of Paderborn (Institut f r Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: "It's 'the end of the world' as we know it" The Apocalypse and other End-of-the-World Narratives, language: English, abstract: In this essay I'd like to take a look at social interactions of individuals who find themselves in a world where known values, believes and rules seem to be invalid and where the individual survival seems to be the only aim to strive for. But is survival the only need of people? The Road, with its cold, bitter and ashen world, where ethics and morale are lost, where "society", as we know it, is completely absent is a good basis for this research. "Maybe you'll be good at this. I doubt it, but who knows. The one thing I can tell you is that you won't survive for yourself. I know because I would never have come this far. A person who had no one would be well advised to cobble together some passable ghost. Breathe it into being and coax it along with words of love. Offer it each phantom crumb and shield it from harm with your body." (McCarthy, The Road) "Action is rational in so far as it pursues ends possible within the conditions of the situation, and by means, which, among those available to the actor, are intrinsically best adapted to the end for reasons(...)." (Parsons, 1937) These two epigraphs, the first from Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" and the second from Parsons "Structure of Social Action" give us a slight hint about the importance of social relations and interactions and their outcomes. As a consumer of this kind of post-apocalyptic media you're thrown into these settings by either waking up from a dream or by regaining consciousness. The setting and the "new world order" are already fixed. Either people try to survive for their own while searching and hoping for "others" in order to have a higher chance of surviving, or they are already a part of a community whi

Author: Sebastian Simbeck
Publisher: Grin Verlag
Published: 11/13/2018
Pages: 20
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.08lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.04d
ISBN: 9783668837478

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