Alegorické a reálné v románu a filmu Cesta

Title: Alegorické a reálné v románu a filmu Cesta
Variant title:
  • The allegorical and the real in the novel and the film the road
Source document: Bohemica litteraria. 2018, vol. 21, iss. 1, pp. 156-168
  • ISSN
    1213-2144 (print)
    2336-4394 (online)
Type: Article
License: Not specified license

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The study is concerned with The Road, a post-apocalyptic novel by Cormac McCarthy, and with its film adaptation. It follows the artistic configurations involved, as they reduce people to their biological foundations while, at the same time, pointing to the survival of rudimentary ethical consciousness even in individuals living in extremely strained conditions. The film, especially, shows the downfall of the protagonist into post-apocalyptic horror as leading to the eventual discovery of his quintessential humanity. Moreover, the text by McCarthy can also be read as a postmodern argument against the rationale of modernism: instrumental behaviours stand opposed to ethical behaviour, which is irrational in that it disadvantages those who engage in it. The study examines why, in McCarthy, this divine, ethical principle does not go the way of the rest of the bygone symbolic system, i.e. devolves into a mere phantasma.
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