Animals in the Fiction of Cormac McCarthy
The works of Cormac McCarthy have been critically studied as literature of the South and of the Border Southwest. Largely ignored is the omnipresence ... Show synopsis The works of Cormac McCarthy have been critically studied as literature of the South and of the Border Southwest. Largely ignored is the omnipresence and presentation of animals in McCarthy's works. McCarthy's animals exist within the framework of a fictional natural world driven by biological determinism: Wild animals prey upon feral and domestic animals, horses exist as warriors, and the hunt is a ballet between man and hunting hound. Proximity to humans results in mistreatment and death, while distance results in survival and fitness. The first chapter here examines animal presentations in The Stonemason, The Gardener's Son and two short stories, ?Bounty? and ?The Dark Waters.? The following nine chapters focus on one text, one type of animal?feline, swine, bovine, bird and bat, canine, equine, lupine, and hound?and one particular thesis. Each chapter also briefly examines the specific animal as it exists in other McCarthy works.