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alana23495 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted April 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM via web

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What examples are there of descriptive language and characterisation in Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'?

Please give some examples of descriptive language and characterisation in 'The Road' and explain techniques and ways that McCarthy develops characters through characterisation and descriptive language.

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missfrizzy38 | Student | eNoter

Posted April 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM (Answer #1)

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There are many examples of descriptive language and characterisation in 'The Road', the most obvious being the horrific post-apocalyptic world that the characters find themselves in. The calmer points are also well described, as they represent a glimmer of hope and so radiate a sense of pre-apocalypse. I would also comment on the constant grey and ash that appears and I would say the most crucial quote to describe the surroundings and the characters would be: 'I'm sorry it's not blue'.

The characters themselves are very well defined, despite being nameless. The boy does exhibit child-like instict at first, yet seems very wise and grown up during times of danger - 'I am the one'. His character is very kind and caring - such as hs encounter with Ely.

The man however, despite caring an unending amount for his Son, is very hostile and guarded towards others - a good example being the encounter with the Thief at the end - 'every goddamned stitch'

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