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Comparison Essay on The Road - The outsider, Light and Dark

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Compare and Contrast Essay Light and Dark - The Outsider and The Road Diana Gaita Commentary Outline Thesis Statement: Judging from the point of view of the concepts of light and dark The Outsider by Albert Camus and Cormac McCarthy's Road are novels that seem to evolve in different directions: the character in The Outsider goes from light to darkness - the light is overwhelming in the first part of the novel and the dark dominates the second part after he commits murder, while the father and son in The Road go from darkness to light in their journey from a desolate unspecified location to a better and more inviting place and future. Paragraph 1: TS: Light and Dark is shown through absurdism, which is shown through imagery. 1. The imagery used in The Outsider gives us a contrast between light and dark. 2. Camus writes in such a way that makes the character impersonal and gives us his opinion about the real world. 3. From the very beginning the author of The Road creates a strong image by repeating words that suggest darkness, introducing to the reader a world where people and places names are nameless and the darkness is a state of being: Paragraph 2: TS: The main characters are seen as the bearers of the light and the human spirit in its essence, which gives meaning to the grim world they live in. ...read more.

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are novels that seem to evolve in different directions: the character in The Outsider goes from light to darkness - the light is overwhelming in the first part of the novel and the dark dominates the second part after he commits murder, while the father and son in The Road go from darkness to light in their journey from a desolate unspecified location to a better and more inviting place and future. Albert Camus is an absurdist and he uses the concept of light and dark in The Outsider in order to emphasize his true feelings about the human existence while McCarthy's work is all about the theme of survival and the imagery of the novel is brutal and significant for the post apocalyptical scenario. Even though Camus is an absurdist the protagonist in our book is unaware of absurdity in the human life. Camus writes in such a way that makes the character impersonal and gives us his opinion about the real world. The imagery used in The Outsider gives us a contrast between light and dark. This is created by using different groups of words that flourish with a signification with the meaning of light and dark. For example: flooded with sunlight is an image that shows a contrast of light and dark, flooded can be taken as a dark word and sunlight as a word of light. ...read more.

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In The Road the motif of light appears at the end of the novel suggesting a possible shade of faith. The author describes in the scene of the boy watching over his dying father a fading light, the light of a candle. The father's struggle for survival is not in vain and the boy meets one of the good guys and his family as he continues the journey. However in The Outsider light is used in order to emphasize the main character's revelation of his deed. Here light is used as justice and also as the passing of Meursault into the light. Both authors create strong images by using the themes of light and dark, in their own unique way. As the light is overwhelming, but not necessarily in a good manner, in The Outsider, the dark is overwhelming and pressing in The Road. The sequence of light and dark comes natural in both novels, dark after light in The Outsider and light after dark in The Road. While Meursault faces the darkness of his cell after his kills the Arab in a scene flooded with sunlight, as a consequence of his actions, the father and son keep the flame of everything that is human alive in a hellish world, as a reason to remain faithful. Albert Camus and Cormac McCarthy have different ways of describing the two themes, but the result is the same: a strong impact on the reader though their metaphoric tales. ...read more.

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