The theme of death can be a challenging topic for some writers to master, however, two such stories in which the authors were successful is conveying the theme of death without the story being daunting are, No Country for Old Men (Corm McCarthy) and A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Flannels O’Connor) . The two authors convey death in their stories in similar context that are parallel to each other but also different as well.
The parallel saltcellars that In both stories Is how death actually occurs In these two tones. Both McCarthy and O’Connor utilize an antagonist who Is a type of the story In which they take the lives of every day human beings that cross the paths of these almost devilish killers. Anton Church, In No Country for Old Men, is hit man hired to find a package of money that was taken at a crime scene and in A Good Man is Hard to Find, a man who is self-proclaimed as The Misfit, escapes from Jail and murders a family in cold blood only because he was looking for some clothes to wear.
In these stories, both of the antagonists seem to have an internal struggle with their arduous hobby, but only for one bat of an eye lash. Anton Church has two moments In No Country for Old Men where he appears to be questioning his morals and his belief of “fate. ” The first moment Is when he catches up to Carson Wells, his old associate and hired hit man to hunt down Church. Craftily, Anton was able to sneak up on Wells and hold him up at gun point and in this scene Anton seems to be questioning the rules of fate with the question he proposes to Wells, ‘If the rule you follow brought you to this, of what use was the rule?The question is rather an insightful question, is there truly one rule that a person can abide by to such a point that the rule could actually bring affirmation to the story of their whole life? , which I believe that Anton at this moment, and a second moment when he is confronted with Carla Jean, begins to question about his choices. The second instance when Anton Church questions is moral code of fate and if it really decides who should life and who ought to die Is his confrontation with Carla Jean. Carla Jean Is Lineally Moss’ wife and Lineally Moss Is the man who has the none that Anton Is tracking down.
Matron’s run In with Carla Jean is Intentional because he had promised Moss that he would kill Carla Jean If Moss did not return the money at that moment (which he did not). Although Moss had been murdered and keep his promise to take the life of Carla Jean but what threw him aback was Carla Jeans lack of response to partake in Matron’s “game of fate” by tossing a coin into the air and calling heads or tails to save her life. Most people, when presented with this option by Anton, tend to stress out and play his game by calling their fate, forever, not Carla Jean.She simply remains calm and dignified retorting that Anton does not have to have to kill her and the choice is actually his, not that of the coin. He questions her, You’re Aid+ii 0 asking that I make myself vulnerable and that I can never do. I have only one way to live. It does not allow for special cases. A coin toss perhaps.
‘ This really shows Anton gives question to his morals on fate and a coin toss. In A Good Man is Hard to Find, The Misfit is having an in depth discussion with the protagonist, whom we will call “the old lady,” when he begins to question his own orals.The Misfit, Just escaping from Jail, runs into a family on the side of the road that had Just gotten into a horrible accident. He was on the hunt for new clothes probably for disguise to hide from the Law, when he came across the old lady family in a vulnerable moment and seized the opportunity to take the clothes of their backs.
In this meeting of the family and The Misfit with his two other gang members, The Misfit orders his gang members to pull aside each family member into the woods and off them for their clothes.While the two are doing so, The Misfit and the old lady have a devastated conversation about life his life and how he came to be a killer. The old lady tries to convince the outlaw that he does not have to murder any one and he can change, that Jesus will forgive him. As the old lady brings up the topic of Jesus, The Misfit expresses is disbelief of Jesus and religion and he began to question his own morals. . ‘ Listen lady..
. If I had been there (for the crucifixion and rising of Christ), I would of known and I wouldn’t be like I am now,” the Misfit proclaimed.He really questions if Jesus was real and if he was then would he have been as such a bad man as he had lived his life as he wished. Although these two stories are similar in the perspective of the murderers questioning their moral choices that have led them to the path they are at today, the strong differences in how the author handles death is the murderous characters themselves and what lead them to where they are in their stories. Such differences between the two characters are religious belief, intelligence, colonization and moral code.Though Chirurgic and the Misfit were similar in how they regarded a humans life. Not with much more than a grain of salt. They both were cold blooded murders that took a human beings life.
Even with that in common, there were many differences between the two. Take Chirurgic for example, he was a hired hit man that generally took a life for work and occasionally with a coin toss because the person bothered him. He was also Misfit was the opposite in those points. The Misfit ran with a crew and spoke in an uneducated manor.
Chirurgic has no remorse or compassion for other human beings ND his moral code is to keep his promises, even to the dead and considers himself to be a part of fate. Should anyone cross him, he would kill them because he believed it was fate that led to that point. Not once did he have remorse or give second thought to his murders.
The Misfit on the other hand killed and broke the law because he thought it would be best to live life however he suited which was to be mean, and by mean he meant murder. Religion also plays a part in the difference between the two.The Misfit was battling about religion and if Jesus existed.
He had hoped Jesus did not exist otherwise all his mischievous acts of murder and law breaking behavior was going to deem him unfit for Heaven; however, Anton Chirurgic gave no mind to Jesus as a religion, however, one can look to fate as being a type of religion. Even moral code between the two characters were different between the two. Chigger’s moral code is to keep his promises, even to the dead. He only murders those he is Aid+ii e contracted to kill through a business transaction and those who’s “Fate” – like the flip of a coin- determines so.Should anyone cross him, he would kill them because he believed it was fate that led to that point. I believe, though, that he uses fate as something to hide from because he wants to perceive himself as something better than Just a serial killer, better than someone like the Misfit character in A Good Man Is Hard to Find.
He uses faith as an excuse to not take responsibility for his ethical choices. The theme of Death overall may be dreary but the way that both authors use one central antagonist to experience a moral dilemma in their stories is what really oldies these stories.The differences between the characters personalities, moral dilemmas and their life paths such as Anton being a professional killer struggling with his morals of fate and The Misfit struggling with the idea of Jesus truly existing brings up the question, “Is there truly one rule that a person can abide by to such a point that the rule could actually bring affirmation to the story of their whole life? ” that makes these two stories so strong in their deliverance of the theme of death.