Cormac McCarthy Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Cormac McCarthy Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Like British Catholic writerGraham Greene, Cormac McCarthy is reluctant to develop any optimistic themes. He is also reluctant about stating his themes, although some of his titles offer strong hints. For the most part, he merely tells his stories and leaves it up to the reader to interpret their meanings. As a result, at least one critic has judged McCarthy to be nihilistic, but surely this judgment is incorrect. McCarthy’s reluctance to preach about the good news masks a profoundly moral sensibility that is forced to face the worst in human nature and to recognize the power of evil. In this way, his novels are comparable to the medieval morality play or to such films by Ingmar Bergman as The Seventh Seal (1957).


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