No Country for Old Men

Daisha Bouie
Philosophy 1320
Themes of No Country for Old Men
The film No Country for Old Men is about the paths of three men who are looking for each other but never seem to. The first man goes by the name of Llewelyn Moss, who gets ahold of two million dollars of drug money from a cartel deal. The second man, Anton Chigurh, an amoral serial killer who bases his decisions from psychotic fury and the flip of a coin. And the third is Sherriff Tom Ed Bell who tries to save Moss from the monster he knows Chigurh can be. The film takes place in West Texas, era 1980. There’s plenty of themes that tie into the story written by Cormac McCarthy. But fate, morals, and nihilism are some of the main ones.
Fate is defined as something that unavoidably befalls a person. Many believe that life is inevitable, that human concerns and desires don’t have much to do with how the world goes about everything. But on the flip side many believe in the biblical reference “we reap what we sow”. Which means all of the decisions and actions we make contribute to our inevitable future. Fate may be the end result depending on perspective, but we as humans have the freewill to walk our own paths. And it’s not the inevitability that we must live with, it is the results and consequences. But in this case Moss could not escape his fate no matter how many times he tried. It wasn’t too hard of a task for Chigurh to find Moss because of the tracking device in the satchel or the inspection number on the car. Because Moss followed the trail of blood in the desert he found the dead man with all the money. The irony in how Chigurh is such an excellent tracker but he still hasn’t been found by the police after committing years and years of crimes. These are all examples fate or fixed destiny.
Morals play a huge part in this film with Sherriff Tom Ed Bell and Llewelyn Moss being the most moral (even that is in question) and Chigurh being amoral because of how he kills with no remorse. I...