Cormac McCarthy

No Country for Old Men

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No Country for Old Men Essay Topics

1. Llewelyn Moss makes one mistake that changes the course of his life. What is that mistake and how does it result from the kind of man he is? Describe and explain Llewelyn Moss’ character. Include a description of his relationships with both Carla Jean and the teenaged hitchhiker.

2. Ed Tom Bell makes a mistake when he is 21 years old that shadows the rest of his life. What is his mistake? Is he right or wrong to hold on to the beliefs about himself that he does? Explain.

3. Why is Sheriff Bell afraid of finding Anton Chigurh? Explain.

4. Compare Sheriff Bell’s relationship with his wife to Llewelyn Moss’ relationship with Carla Jean. What are the similarities and differences? How do those similarities and differences impact the outcome for each character? For example, how to you explain the Bells’ survival and the Mosses’ deaths? You cannot use “bad luck”…

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