Where did the book by Cormac McCarthy, the Road, speak of cannibalism?

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This book is not easy on the emotions. It's tough to read because the author gives an unflinching account of a horrible journey made by a man and a boy through a devastated post-apocalyptic world. They are forced to endure horrible things and see horrible things. Cannibalism has become a...

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This book is not easy on the emotions. It's tough to read because the author gives an unflinching account of a horrible journey made by a man and a boy through a devastated post-apocalyptic world. They are forced to endure horrible things and see horrible things. Cannibalism has become a reality for some people, and the book doesn't shy away from the topic.

Probably my favorite reference to cannibalism (if you can have a favorite) is at the very end of the book. The man has died, and the boy is all alone. He returns to the road and immediately sees another man. The man turns out to be one of the "good guys," and he asks the boy to join him. The boy has learned his father's lessons quite well, and the boy is wary. He asks important questions. One of those questions is a point-blank question about cannibalism. Even for the boy to ask it in such a nonchalant way shows how fallen the world has become.

"Do you have a little boy?"

"We have a little boy and we have a little girl."

"How old is he?"

"He's about your age. Maybe a little older."

"And you didn't eat them."

"No."

"You don't eat people."

"No. We don't eat people."

"And I can go with you?"

"Yes. You can."

"Okay then."

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This a good question. There are several places in the book where there are statements of cannibalism. In a real sense, the danger is always present before the reader. In light of this,  let me give you a few examples.

First, The mother says these words to the man. The following words are unambiguous and filled with fear. Also it is good to note that there is a sense of confidence in her words.

"No, I'm speaking the truth. Sooner or later they will catch us and they will kill us. They will rape me. They'll rape him. They are going to rape us and kill us and eat us and you wont face it."

Second, arguably the most graphic scene of cannibalism in the book is the description of what the man and boy saw when they entered into a house in search for food. Instead of finding food, they found a group of people huddle in the basement. They were being stored like animals to be eaten - perhaps even breed. I will quote in full to give you a sense of the disturbing image.

"He started down the rough wooden steps. He ducked his head and then flicked the lighter and swung the flame out over the darkness like an offering. Coldness and damp. An ungodly stench. The boy clutched at his coat. He could see part of a stone wall. Clay floor. An old mattress darkly stained. He crouched and stepped down again and held out the light. Huddled against the back wall were naked people, male and female, all trying to hide, shielding their faces with their hands. On the mattress lay a man with his legs gone to the hip and the stumps of them blackened and burnt. The smell was hideous."

The prospects of being eaten alive lingers all throughout the book and the imagery is haunting to say the least.

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