Father- Son Relationship in Post Apocalyptic World: A Study of Maggie Geeâ€™s The Ice People and Cormac McCarthyâ€™s The Road
The post apocalyptic novels paint a devastated world, with characters who are physically, socially, culturally and psychologically broken. Amidst this ruined world, only filial relations seem to sustain for the longest time. The bond between parents and children survives the blows of hunger, violence and all sorts of risks. In some novels of this genre, the father son relation ship has been highlighted by the authors, as the most intimate and beautiful one. The absence of the mothers in the lives of these children makes the father son bond even more prominent. The novels that the present paper deals with are: Maggie Geeâ€™s The Ice People and Cormac McCarthyâ€™s The Road. These novels are sagas of the survival of these duos against all odds: lack of food, existence of murderers, rapists and cannibals, appalling climate, disease and pervasive death. In such conditions, the man (The Road) and Saul (The Ice People) put in every effort to navigate their sons to safety. Though none of them fully succeeds in his motive but the motherly care, affection, concern and anxiety regarding the well being of the child, shown by both the characters is heartwarming. Both the novels are disparate in many respects but the treatment of father son relationship has been done in quite a remarkable way.