The good and bad in humanity

In a bleak world with no hope or morals, mankind loses touch with its humanity. An understanding what it is to be human becomes blurred,
and defining humanity to a child who has only known such a world is difficult. Cormac McCarthy explores these ideas in The Road, a post-apocalyptic novel that tells the story of a father and son’s journey through ruined America, where the boy tries to make sense of what is good and evil in a landscape filled with destruction and chaos. The father imparts knowledge of the former world to the boy, and defines humanity in best way he can by dividing the remnants of it into two groups: the good guys and the bad guys. This worldview allows the boy to challenge his father’s perspective of humanity, and transcend its black and white boundaries, ultimately enabling him to survive the harsh world without his father.