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Cormac McCarthy

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no-country-for-old-men-cormac-mccarthySources:,, Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Loretta BellKind, wise woman; trusting and supportive wifeAnton ChigurhRuthless killer; sees himself as an agent of fateCarla Jean MossTrusting young woman; afraid of what will happen to MossLlewelyn MossImpulsive Vietnam vet; takes drug money despite consequencesEd Tom BellCautious West Texas sheriff; focused on protecting othersPURSUESPURSUESPURSUESMARRIEDMARRIEDCarson WellsHitman with a sideline in day-tradingMain CharactersBell, Chapter 3f you killed em all theyd have to build a annex on to hell.CoinsStand for the intersection of chance and fate Bolt PistolRepresents Chigurhs elevated status as a prophet of destruction Boar TuskSymbolizes the relationship of hunter and hunted SymbolsNo Country for Old Menby the NumbersYears McCarthy served in the U.S. Air ForceCaliber of the rifle Moss hunts with in No Country for Old MenYears a quarter in No Country for Old Men spends traveling toward a fateful coin toss Oscars won by the 2007 film adaptation of No Country for Old Men 44.27022Before his novels became best sellers and he won a MacArthur Genius Grant, McCarthy wrote for decades in tumbledown houses and motel rooms. The sparse prose and genre conventions of No Country for Old Men depart from the slightly more elaborate style of his Border Trilogy.CORMAC MCCARTHYBORN 1933AuthorSet in the borderlands of West Texas in the early 1980s, No Country for Old Men tells the story of Llewelyn Mosss desperate struggle to change his luck, Ed Tom Bells devotion to justice, and Anton Chigurhs mad vision of fate. Texass violent history and bleak landscape support an exploration of the forces driving humanitys darker impulses.Dirty Money & Desperate PeopleTHEMESJusticeDespite the lawmens commitment to justice, the line between justice and injustice may be illusory.Corruption & EvilBells and Chigurhs contrasting worldviews demonstrate—but don't resolve—a debate about the nature of evil.Fate, Chance & LuckMoss finds money, while Chigurh uses fate to justify murder; its unclear what—if anything—controls characters’ destinies.EnglishOriginal Language2005Year PublishedCormac McCarthyAuthorNo Country for Old MenFictionNovel

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