Compare And Contrast Evil In The Road And No Country For Old Men

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Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and No Country for Old Men deals with the concept of good versus evil very uniquely and different from each other. Sheriff Bell and the Father are trying their very best to maintain peace and balance in their chaotic environments. The idea of good versus evil is introduced in both these novels from the beginning, gradually this battle becomes clear cut both Sheriff Bell and the Father have to face it head on. In Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, Sheriff Bell experiences pure evil from the very beginning of the novel and that is when his testimony lands a nineteen-year-old boy in jail for killing his fourteen-year-old girlfriend; the boy is also making a clear admission that he has no soul. The lines between …show more content…
The idea of good versus evil is staying prevalent in Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, Sheriff Bell is coming to grips with his surroundings and seeing that it really is No Country for Old Men. The Sheriff is fighting for what he perceives to be right one massacre after the other, the idea that he has in his mind consistently that people are good deep down inside is fading; he is starting to realize that there are evil people out there and he is definitely among them. “I never had to kill nobody and I am very glad of that fact. Some of the old time sheriffs would[ ]n[o]t even carry a firearm. A lot of folks find that hard to believe but it’s a fact” (McCarthy 63). Sheriff Bell is again making mention of the times changing in the midwest. He believes that evil is currently winning the battle and it is crushing his spirits but he is persevering. The concept of someone having no soul and being purely evil is new to Sheriff Bell, his point of view on the times changing gives great insight into the battle of good versus evil. Sheriff Bell is seeing the evil from Anton Chigurh as something new aged. Further developments are also being made in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. The Father and his Son are most definitely good people but they do have one major difference and that is the Father lacks innocence versus his Son who is very innocent, and cannot see that certain things that may be considered evil are necessary for them to survive. “Yes. We 're still the good guys. And we always will be. Yes. We always will be. Okay” (120 McCarthy). This is an exchange that takes place between the Father and his Son; the Son is questioning what side they fall on after the father had to kill for their survival. The lines between good and evil are now blurred because in

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