Contest Essays for January - 2012
In and of itself it's not much, but Scrooge is pretty smart when he replies that spending money is a way of getting and using power—in this case, the power of making other people happy. It's not the amount of money spent that matters, he answers, but the fact that by spending his income, Fezziwig gains "the power to render us happy or unhappy […] his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count 'em up: what then? The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune" ().
McCarthy's literary repertoire includes revisions of various genres, including the crime thriller ( No Country for Old Men ) and the Western (the Border Trilogy). Some readers entertain an ongoing debate regarding whether The Road should be classified as fiction, science fiction, or even horror, given McCarthy's brutal prose and unflinchingly vivid vision of what could be considered a hell on earth. Nonetheless, most agree that The Road is a deeply moving, if also deeply disturbing, work of unparalleled literary genius that transcends any discussion of genre.