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The Pesthouse comparative

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Introduction

The Road Vs. The Pesthouse: Hope and Love Attaining happiness is the ultimate goal of most individuals. In their lives, several people have happiness in the form of love and hope which they gain through the support of family members and dear ones, but they fail to acknowledge such aspects of life until they are stripped of everything and their world is completely destroyed, at which point they realize that love and hope are the only sources of happiness that we can rely on. As proven in Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and Jim Crace's The Pesthouse, the aspects of hope and love play key roles in the survival of the individuals during difficult circumstances. Despite the difficulty of a situation, the hope of achieving a better life, and the love shared with those around us become the main focus in life. Throughout their novels, Cormac McCarthy and Jim Crace expound the fact that when individuals are placed in desperate situations, they depend on hope and love to provide them with a purpose to continue their journey, otherwise allowing destruction to prevail. In both The Road and The Pesthouse, the survivors remain hopeful despite the negative events that occur. The survivors act as if losing the purpose of their journey, would result in their demise. ...read more.

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When Franklin finds Margaret, and she begins to cry, he tells her that she has to have "...hope of all the paradise beyond where there'd be no ague or calenture, no tick disease or cholera, no canker or malaria"(89). It is because of Franklin's hope that he is able to find Margaret, and because of this very hope he is able to bring her on the journey to the East without fear. Hope provides him with the goal of travelling east where the conditions are better, and with this hope he is able to save the life of Margaret. In this way, the hope that the father is able to maintain in order to survive and travel to the south, relates to the hope Franklin possesses in order to survive and travel to the east, both individuals having a purpose. The son being doubtful about situations relates to Margaret being unsure of her condition and if she will survive. The father provides hope to the son just as Franklin provides hope to Margaret. Ultimately both the father and Franklin go far on their journeys. Therefore, it is the hope and purpose of the characters that keep them going on their journey despite rough obstacles they endure. ...read more.

Conclusion

Once again, it is clear that without love there is no reason to seek more of the world, which is displayed in The Road as the man sees his son as the only thing thing he has and is willing to sacrifice for him, just as Franklin sees there to be no hope in the world without Margaret and is willing to sacrifice everything for her. Just as the man sees his son as the only reason to live, Franklin's will to live depends on his love for Margaret. Thus, both McCarthy and Crace demonstrate that love is the driving force of survival, regardless of the present situation. In conclusion, both novels, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and The Pesthouse by Jim Crace, attest to the fact that hope of a better life and future, and love for another are crucial to survival. When placed in difficult situations, individuals tend to rely on hope and love to provide them with a purpose for living, and without these aspects of life, destruction is imminent. In reality, many individuals pursue happiness without realizing that they already possess it, as the majority of people overlook the value of the love and hope they already have in their lives. It is only when in dystopia that people realize how important vital love and hope are to survival. ...read more.

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