'Happy to Go to The Devil': Cormac McCarthy's Violence Through the Eyes of the Social Outlier and the Sociopath
Sarkissian, Lauren A.
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This thesis examines the critical importance of understanding the intermingled relationship between social outliers and their prevalence toward violence, as a means to identifying and interpreting major characters found in the works of Cormac McCarthy. Through an analysis of three of McCarthy's novels, Child of God, Blood Meridian, and No Country for Old Men , it is evident that marginal characters play the most central roles, and their affinity for conflict and hardship breeds an unexpected identification on the part of the reader. While the brutality of the violence depicted and the marginal individualism exhibited by the characters of McCarthy's novels would, on the surface, force the reader to shy away from any form of identification, there are intrinsic qualities to be discovered within each of the characters, even if one cannot identify with their respective circumstances.