Characterism In Mccarthy's No Country For Old Men

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Register to read the introduction… For example, McCarthy implemented characterization to display the graphic and violent nature of the antagonist, Anton Chigurh. He was a man of insanity and no conscience, whose main goal was to track down Llewellyn Moss and kill him. He believed that when anyone crossed his path, he was the controller of the situation, and would do what it took to prove it. Above all, he was the stereotypical, stock killer in the story. Chigurh thought, “When I came into your life your life was over. It had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This is the end’…” (McCarthy, 260). The manner in which he dealt with his future victims was very unique – he often jostled with the victims’ minds beforehand by asking questions and making harsh, bold statements to “knock them off their game”. Statements such as, “You’re a bit deaf aren’t you? I said what time do you go to bed?” (54) put his victims off balance mentally, which added a genuine, racing fear in their minds – exactly as Chigurh had wanted. McCarthy portrayed Chigurh has a wise, confident cold-blooded killer, the perfect …show more content…
It represents the idea that Sheriff Bell will not succeed capturing Chigurh. However the reasoning behind it is up for debate. Was it just bad luck, not being in the right place in the right time? Or was his destiny for failure already determined? The odds Bell failed so many times is no luck at all, but his ultimate destiny. “The Country”, which is the idea of barren, small town Texas, was not suited for Bell, but a different type of body. Those who are young and two steps ahead of the game are the ones who will ultimately succeed. The title of the book is very indicative of the hierarchy of power in the novel No Country for Old …show more content…
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