Analysis Of `` No Country For Old Men ``

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In Cormac McCarthy’s “No Country For Old Men,” fate plays a significant role in the novel and is present in the lives of each of the characters he portrays. Fate, as defined in the dictionary, is “the will or principle or determining cause by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do.” The theme of fate is demonstrated in all of the characters in the novel, but most evidently in Llewellyn Moss, Ed Tom Bell, Carla Jean, Carson Wells, and Anton Chigurh. Fate is the main difference that lies between all of these characters. In his interactions with other characters, Anton Chigurh continually suggests that each and every choice we make determines our fate. The most critical character in the entire novel is the antagonist Anton Chigurh: a psychopathic hit-man who kills almost everyone he meets. Chigurh is completely eccentric and strictly abides to a moral code; he believes that he is an agent of fate, and that each and every choice we make determines our fate, no matter how small. This moral code is demonstrated in each of Chigurh’s interactions with the other characters. Throughout the novel it is not known if fate is necessarily either good or bad but it does not really matter because in the end the inevitable is going to happen. In this novel, McCarthy suggests that regardless of what path we choose, life will always end in death. Chigurh embodies this philosophy and throughout the novel he consistently serves as a reminder
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