Date of Award

8-5-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Degree Program

English

Department

English

Major Professor

Steeby, Elizabeth

Second Advisor

Lackey, Kris

Third Advisor

Marti, Kevin

Abstract

Cormac McCarthy's The Road and Dante's the Inferno contain textual and thematic comparisons. While the Inferno creates a world that exhibits the worst fears of the medieval Catholic subconscious of Dante's time, The Road paints a world of the darkest fears of the current American subconscious. Both texts reflect a critical dystopia that speculates on human spirituality and offers a critique of society through a tour of sin and suffering in a desolate setting.

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