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An individual’s social behavior, when compared to his individual behavior can determine a lot about his personality. In the novel, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy the author states that an individual’s morals and relationships are more important than oneself. In the novel, The Rebels, by Sándor Márai, the author demonstrates that an individual’s wants and desires are more vital than one’s philosophies and relationships. Both McCarthy and Márai discuss the importance of human relationships, however McCarthy states that an individual should not forfeit his or her moral values or go against human relationships for their own personal desires, whereas Márai refutes this statement.
Both McCarthy and Márai demonstrate that relationships are significant to an individual. Firstly, in The Road, the father states that he would not be able to survive without his son. While he is speaking to his son, the father declares that, “‘[You] are the only thing that separates me from death. You are [my] world entire.’” (McCarthy 166). The son is so important to the father, that he knows that he will not be able to live if he is devoid of his offspring. Also, the son would not be able to travel without having his father with him, as it is the father who gives him the food that he needs to survive. While on the road, the boy states, “‘[he] had not eaten in two days. Two more and [he] would begin to get weak, but [he] knew [his] father would find him some food, just like he always did.’”(197). The father’s significance to the son is confirmed as the son obtains all of his food from his father, and he would not be able to survive without it. Likewise, Márai expresses that relationships are very important to an individual. In The Rebels, all four boys (Ábel, Béla, Ernõ, and Tibor) are important to one another and enjoy being in each other’s company. Tibor contemplates hurting his other friends, but he...