and free will. There is endless emphasis on the decisions that characters make, and how their decisions will ultimately affect their lives. All the characters are presented with situations where their choice plays a role in their fate. In No Country for Old Men, the fate of characters is determined by their actions and choices. The first scene of the movie is set in a police station. An officer who had just apprehended Anton Chigurh, says “No worries sir, I’ve got it under control” over the phone
Therefore, Chigurh, understanding his unconventional sociopathic self, allows him to create an impersonal persona which provides the necessary façade to interact in society, contributing to individuation, something that is already achieved at the onset. Chigurh further demonstrates individuation through the understanding and the acceptance of the more sadistic portion of his psyche, his shadow. Chigurh facilitates his shadow by holding his principles to
lighting, imagery, and in this film’s case, a lack of music. Further support of the text and subtext can be found through an analysis of the main characters, including the criminal Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), Sherriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), and the “hero” Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin). These men’s approaches to fate and the imagery associated with their characters shape the film, changing the way we measure criminality. The opening sequence of the film features the barren Texas landscape
establishes new aspects against the traditional westerns known internationally by incorporating Rick Altman’s analysis of semantic and syntactic themes in film genre in order to demonstrate the relationship between categorizing the film as a Western and finding the more structural meaning from the actions of the characters throughout the scene. My argument is also reinforced by Camilla Fojas’s analysis of the Western genre and how certain descriptive changes such as the time period can build a new subgenre
which claims the lives of many people. The murderous rampages were led by the devil himself. The devil took the form of a human being named Anton Chigurh. Chigurh is an extremely evil individual with no conscience. According McCarthy, Chigurh impersonate a police officer and kills an innocent man simply to steal his car (7/309). The code of law that Chigurh represents is a code of evil and criminality. He murdered everyone that attempted to cross his path without
the inexplicable force that pursues him, the reader gains a sense that Llewelyn will do what ever it takes to survive and escape the consequences of his actions. So what is the unstoppable force that haunts all the characters in the novel? Anton Chigurh, the most amoral character in the story, represents a roll much like the grim reaper as he kills across the Texan landscape.