Rhetorical Analysis A Fistful Of Dollars

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Christina Nguyen Jared McCoy (39B) Rhetorical Analysis February 20, 2014 Rhetorical Analysis “What is your name?” William Blake asks. “My name is Nobody… He who talks loud, saying nothing” Why do authors or directors decide to give no names or self-refuting names for characters in their films or books? Nobody refers to be called “Nobody” however he is certainly not nobody. As a matter of fact, he is a savior and a guide to a helplessly injured white man. In the film “A Fistful of Dollars,” Clint Eastwood’s character is introduced as “The Man with No Name” and is often being called “Stranger” throughout the film. Perhaps, the viewers do not question his name because Stranger appears as a complete stranger, the townspeople are surprised and unpleasant of his arrival to their little Mexican border town. On the other hand, Cormac McCarthy also establishes two nameless characters—the judge and the kid. The kid’s name is not revealed attributing a sense of lowliness, insignificance and abandonment of his family. However, Judge Holden’s character is often called “the judge” not just “a judge,” therefore his name suggests that he has power and control over all he encounters. Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the West, written by Cormac McCarthy, is a classical American novel that conveys readers into experiencing fear, sadness, and disgust. Regeneration and violence are common features of the myth of the west, even on the cover of novel, Michael Herr states that Blood Meridian is “a classic American novel of regeneration through violence.” Blood Meridian goes far beyond into the dark depths of humanity and is unquestionably the goriest novel. In this novel, McCarthy manages to capture the history of violence and blo... ... middle of paper ... ...risol uniting with her family. As the book ends, McCarthy depicts a final image of a man “naked dancing” to let us know that Judge Holden was never a good man and will never be one. He is a deep layered man who cannot ever be fully analyzed or comprehended. He is involved with many deaths prior but the death of the kid reveals that the judge is a sexual predator. “He’d filled his pockets with little candy deathsheads and he sat by the door and offered these to children passing on the walk under the eaves but they shied away like little horses” (191). This indicates that the judge has always had sexual desires towards children. Now, it is rather clear that the kid is not just killed by a weapon or scalping. Since the beginning, the kid’s fate has always in the judge’s hands, his death does not surprise readers but it makes it clear that the judge is a molester.

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