How do the issues in Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men connect to today's society?

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The central themes of No Country for Old Men are basically timeless, as relevant today as in any other society. Foremost among them, of course, is evil, and the fact that sometimes good people are powerless to stop it. Anton Chigurh is the embodiment of this evil, but Sheriff Bell...

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The central themes of No Country for Old Men are basically timeless, as relevant today as in any other society. Foremost among them, of course, is evil, and the fact that sometimes good people are powerless to stop it. Anton Chigurh is the embodiment of this evil, but Sheriff Bell frequently reflects on it, quoting from newspaper articles about grisly murders and generally expressing disbelief as to the carnage around him. Of course, evil, and the sense that the world is becoming a more evil place, are as relevant today as ever. There are other themes that resonate today as well. People are caught in circumstances that are beyond their control, and they struggle to make the best of them. People are corrupted by wealth, or blinded by the possibility of acquiring wealth. 

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