Half way through the novel, the readers are astounded by Carla Jean’s conflicting feelings of desire to help and loyalty. A women whose presence was nothing more than just for serving the purposes of offering support, was now acting against her husband. Similarly, the character of Loretta can be depicted as the voice of reasoning and common sense. She is seen laying out the “law” for her husband that he is expected to follow when Ed Tom is attempting to appease his wife while he loads the horse. Her great confidence is rather a mockery of her as a dependable wife and homemaker. Both the woman, despite their tough mindedness and independence, choose to work with and against the various masculine systems; it is the two women, in the novel, who resist the ultimate masculine systems. Unlike the men, the women realize that they are open to the choice of having options. It seems that the Coen brothers, only use the female characters as a means of resistance to the social hierarchy and laws.
The character of Jean may be seen as peripheral at first; however, she is probably the only character who actually offers resistance. In the last scene, when Chigurh kills Carla jean, despite her refusal to call for the coin toss, she exposes the irrelevance of the masculine codes that Chigurh lives by. She refuses the coin toss because she realizes that this is yet another useless masculine code that conceals reality. It is necessary to note that the masculine characters fail to confront or are unaware of their confinement in a society of systems and codes. And as previously mentioned, the women in this novel are observed to resist these systems due to the change in their subject position i.e. denial of the submissive role that is enforced onto them. Her character is significant in the sense that it exposes the existence of the gender struggle throughout the novel, between an individual’s agency and code.