No Country for Old Men Essay

2186 Words Aug 16th, 2013 9 Pages
Nitish Bali
Mrs. Caporiccio
ENG4U1 – 05
7 June 2013
The Attainment of Individuation in No Country for Old Men
Society is built upon a foundation of norms, but not all individuals adhere to said norms, some are outliers. If the actions of an individual causes pain onto another, society defines that the normal reaction for that individual would be to exhibit a state of empathy, but this is not always the case, as there are those who do not feel or exhibit the normal psychological reactions to differing scenarios (sociopaths). As individuals’ progress and experience obstacles in their lives, they become familiar with the different aspects of their mind, such as their persona, shadow, and self, ultimately achieving individuation. In
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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 the extreme (to kill anyone who he sees to be held accountable, in other words, those who he feels are obstacles in his path), allowing him to perform remorseless actions, “The man was lying slumped against the tub holding an AK-47. He was shot in the chest and the neck and he was bleeding heavily. No me mate, he wheezed. No me mate. Chigurh stepped back to avoid the spray of ceramic chips off the tub and shot him in the face.” (McCarthy 104) When hunting for Lelwyn, he comes across other competitors who seek the same satchel. Even when his competitor is at his mercy, Chigurh, whose ideologies are already solidified in the sense that the other individuals have now come in his way and are held accountable, cause Chigurh to feel compelled to perform heinous actions which function to satisfy his shadow. As a result of Chigurh’s ideologies he makes no effort to stop his impulses, as they serve to satisfy his shadow. It is evident that the acceptance of his sadistic
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