Comment on the character of Chirugh in No Country for Old Men.

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Anton Chirugh is the psychopathic killer in this novel who hunts down Moss and his girlfriend after Moss discovers the money left over from a drug deal that went terribly wrong. Chirugh defines himself by having no moral compunctions whatsoever. He determines to recover the lost suitcase full of $2 million whatever it takes, and whatever he needs to do. As a result, he finally tracks down and kills Moss and then his wife, even though he strictly doesn't need to kill her. However, the depths of his twisted evil are revealed in the way that he offers her the chance of life by asking her to call on a tossed coin as to whether he will kill her or not. When she chooses wrong, he treats her to a lecture about free will and fate before coldly killing her:

When I came into your life your life was over. It had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This is the end. You can say that things could have turned out differently. That they could have been some other way. But what does that mean? They are not some other way. They are this way.

Anton Chirugh is thus psychopathic in the way he clings on to fate as almost an excuse for the actions he commits. Just before killing her, he goes to the owner of the drug money and introduces himself as an "expert in a difficult field" and somebody who is "completely honest." These euphemistic terms are shown to hide a ruthless evil that makes Bell feel that the world is indeed "no country for old men."


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