No more heroes

Narrative perspective and morality in Cormac McCarthy

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Abstract

Critics often trace the prevailing mood of despair and purported nihilism in the works of Cormac McCarthy to the striking absence of interior thought in his seemingly amoral characters. In No More Heroes, however, Lydia Cooper reveals that though McCarthy limits inner revelations, he never eliminates them entirely. In certain crucial cases, he endows his characters with ethical decisions and attitudes, revealing a strain of heroism exists in his otherwise violent and apocalyptic world. Cooper evaluates all of McCarthy's work to date, carefully exploring the range of his narrative techniques. The writer's overwhelmingly distant, omniscient third-person narrative rarely shifts to a more limited voice. When it does deviate, however, revelations of his characters' consciousness unmistakably exhibit moral awareness and ethical behavior. The quiet, internal struggles of moral men such as John Grady Cole in the Border Trilogy and the father in The Road demonstrate an imperfect but very human heroism. Even when the writing moves into the minds of immoral characters, McCarthy draws attention to the characters' humanity, forcing the perceptive reader to identify with even the most despicable representatives of the human race. Cooper shows that this rare yet powerful recognition of commonality and the internal yearnings for community and a commitment to justice or compassion undeniably exist in McCarthy's work. No More Heroes directly addresses the essential question about McCarthy's brutal and morally ambiguous universe and reveals poignant new answers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherLouisiana State University Press
Number of pages185
ISBN (Print)9780807137215
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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Cormac McCarthy
Hero
Morality
Heroism
Revelation
Yearning
Imperfect
Narrative Technique
Despair
Universe
Compassion
Nihilism
Third-Person Narrative
Roads
Reader
Human Race
Writer
Mood
Trilogy
Consciousness

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No more heroes : Narrative perspective and morality in Cormac McCarthy. / Cooper, Lydia R.

Louisiana State University Press, 2011. 185 p.

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