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The Nature of Evil

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The Nature Of Evil The introduction of Chigurh in "No Country For Old Men" differs very much to that of Bateman in "American Psycho". They both represent evil but in their own unique way. When we first come across Chigurh we immediately know that he's not very innocent, we acknowledge that he is in a prison cell and at this first instance, we know he's done something bad but then he does much worse, without warning Chigurh "dropped his cuffed hands over the deputy's head... and hauled back on the chain." This nature of evil within this character is more superior to any other feeling within him, this idea is reinforce when he kills and innocent man he asked to be pulled over, and "he placed his hand on the man's head like a faith healer." This simile indicates Chigurh to be angel-like. This simile is used effectively because it juxtaposes the image of a 'healer' with the truth that unravels next. "The pneumatic hiss and click of the plunger sounded... a round hole in his forehead from which the blood bubbled," although it doesn't specifically write word-for-word what happened, the use of language is played with to create the vivid image of the innocent man being shot with the emphysema tank. By analysing the first few pages, we have already judged Chigurh's character and believe he's set to kill. ...read more.


In contrast to Bateman, consumerism is not very relevant and important to Chigurh as he doesn't acknowledge importance in material things and this is shown throughout the book, while Bateman uses all different types of fancy tools to hurt his victims and torture them, Chigurh uses whatever he can get his hands on, a simple emphysema tank will do the job for Chigurh. Additionally, while Bateman focuses a lot on society and being able to fit into the elite group of society, Chigurh's state of mind is fatalistic; his life is controlled by fate. He believes very much in life taking its own course and that everything happens for a reason. Chigurh never takes responsibility for his actions, and always puts blame on 'fate' - "I had no say in the matter. Every moment in your life is a turning and everyone a choosing." He says this when explaining to a woman why he killed her husband. That phrase reinforces the idea that Chigurh, even though he's committing all sorts of killings, he feels no emotion what so ever, no remorse, no guilt, no sadness, nothing. A cold hearted, emotionless man which I believe does not kill just for the sake of it, but truly believes it is his mission in life to inflict so much harm on people and that fate brings him to those situations in which he has to kill, "But look at it my way. ...read more.


The woman questioned him on his beliefs of the coin toss, "You make it like it was the coin. But you're the one." Her state of mind reflects that of a normal person which really gives the reader that sense of confrontation with something that you don't believe. In American Psycho, duality is not a major theme but can be related in the fact that Bateman has a dual personality, the conscience side which we can see when he's in his day-to-day activities like being with his friends and when at work but he's also letting another part of him overtake his conscience side thus creating the duality within himself. When his imagination begins to be in control, his monstrous acts of violence which he describes really shock the reader and make the reader feel disgusted. Overall, the two books portray the same theme - the nature of evil. One thing that the reader can be certain of when reading both books is that the incidents happening throughout the book are products of evil minded people. But what is it that causes these characters to be so evil? Is consumerism the cause for evil? Is it fate which over takes the actions of a person? These are the question in which a reader tries to respond after reading the books. Is evil a powerful force which is not able to be controlled or merely man's decision to act in such a manner? Daniela Goncalves ...read more.

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