A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O´connor and the Movie No Country for Old Men

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Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and a movie called “No Country for Old Men” have striking similarities as far as their portrayal of fate working in the lives in humans. They illustrate how the present and the future is left up to chance and is directly correlated with past actions. Both the short story and the movie portray the inevitability of fate to naturally dictate the outcome of people’s lives. Fate is one of the dominant themes in “No Country for Old Men.” Anton Chigurh, the ruthless killer in the story, would sometimes haphazardly kill people. At other times, he would propose that a potential victim call a coin toss which would ultimately decide whether they live or die. When Chigurh would murder people without a coin toss, they were often in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, it wasn’t completely up to chance, but fate. It’s the idea that every action and every decision a person makes will inevitably dictate their future. Chigurh didn’t feel accountable for anyone’s death because perhaps all of his victims’ decisions in life led up to their moment of death and that things were just meant to be that way. For example, he killed a man on the side of the road so that he could take his car. Chigurh also killed all three of the men who happened to be in the motel room he thought Llewellyn Moss would be in. It is by fate that the man was on the same road as Chigurh at the same time. It is also by fate that those three men got the same

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