The Road


What is the specific kind of diction used in this book mostly towards the end and what kind of tone does it create?

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McCarthy subscribes to the less is more style of writing. His prose can be sparce, almost detached. Within those moments of silence and fragmented sentences, the reader can inhale so much mood, tone, and texture that the words become intoxicating,

[The Boy:] It's really cold.
[The Man:] I know.
[The Boy:] Where are we?
[The Man:] Where are we?
[The Boy:] Yes.
[The Man:] I dont know.
[The Boy:] If we were going to die would you tell me?
[The Man:] I dont know. We're not going to die.

Who needs quotation marks when you are Cormack McCarthy? His narrative follows its own flow and seems otherworldly. At times McCarthy will dazzle you with a simple sentence that sounds like it is right out of the Bible,

He knew that the child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God God never spoke.

McCarthy embeds his narrative with poetic form and flow before the reader even realizes it.