Blood Meridian Essays

  • Blood Meridian

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    In Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy describes a lawless and godless group of men ordained to cleanse the West of lesser people. This group wanders through the West leaving a trail of slaughtered people in their trail. The emptiness and ruthlessness of their hearts is reflected in the harsh and unforgiving landscape. McCarthy uses reoccurring themes of war, religion, and dance to paint a graphic picture of the savageness of life in the West. As men ordained on a mission, Glanton's Gang is paid

  • The Setting of Blood Meridian

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    Cormac McCarthy's setting in Blood Meridian is a landscape of endless and diverse beauty. McCarthy highlights the surprising beauty of combinations of scrubby plants, jagged rock, and the fused auburn and crimson colors of the fiery wasteland that frame this nightmarish novel. Various descriptions, from the desolate to the scenic, feature McCarthy's highly wrought, lyrical prose. Such descriptions of the divine landscape seem to serve a dual function. While being an isolated highlight to this gruesome

  • Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian

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    In the novel Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy, he illustrates how bloody and gruesome the expansion to the west really was. Deconstruction is defined as “a critique of the hierarchical oppositions that have structured western thought: inside/outside, mind/body, literal/metaphorical, speech/writing, presence/absence, nature/culture, form/meaning” (Culler 126). The author uses deconstruction so that the reader can see how dark the movement to the west was. As previously mentioned, deconstruction

  • Depravity and Destruction in Blood Meridian

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    Destruction in Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian is a passionate, lyrical, and ugly novel of depravity and destruction of life in the Old West. It is a story of a hellish journey where violence and corruption are currency in a life of murder and treachery. Contrasting scenes of scenic beauty, poetically described by McCarthy, are negated by his gruesome accounts of despicable scenes of human cruelty in the examination of evil. Like all of McCarthy's earlier novels, Blood Meridian (1985) had

  • Cormac Mccarthley Blood Meridian Symbolism

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    The literary theory I have chosen for the analysis on Blood Meridian written by Cormac McCarthy will be The Political Unconscious which looks into the political concept, social concept, and historical concepts in Blood Meridian. The connection that McCarthy made between the book and the events in the world, or society of today, are that of close resemblence of what humanity really is. The real side of human thought and action when pushed and developed in an unforgiving environment. The political

  • Judge Holden of Blood Meridian

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    Judge Holden of Blood Meridian Although Cormac McCarthy's novel Blood Meridian tells the story of the kid and his journey through the harshest of environments, much of the action in the novel centers around Judge Holden. Judge Holden is a mystery from his very first appearance in the novel and remains so until the very end of the novel, when he is one of the few characters surviving. The kid first comes face to face with Holden in a saloon after a riot and eventually joins with Holden and a gang

  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

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    Blood Meridian The ending of the Blood Meridian is both abstruse and compelling. The setting when the kid first walks into town (pp.324) seems almost too familiar. This town could be any number of different towns located throughout the Midwest, but it seems strangely related to the town of Nacogdoches. The Kid, once thought to be on some sort of migratory movement to the West, has now completed a full circle and has returned to the place of his birth. Birth not in the physical sense of being delivered

  • Journey through Hell in Blood Meridian

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    Journey through Hell in Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy's novel Blood Meridian details what can only be described as the kid's journey through hell. Throughout the novel McCarthy gives the reader the sensation of being in hell. The is brutal and unforgiving physical setting adds a hellish atmosphere in which there is no evidence of any morals or sympathy for the innocent. Judge Holden is even described in terms reminiscent of the devil. All of these factors lead the reader to compare the kid's journey

  • Analysis Of Manifest Destiny In Blood Meridian By Cormac Mccarthy

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    Analysis of manifest destiny as depicted in Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy Violence has always been part of society. A cursory glance at the evolutionary periods to the classical ages up to the modern time shows that many breakthroughs were made after violent upheavals to either remedy the wrongs in society or to ensure survival of one group against the other. Such instances include the wars for territory where one group was faced by extinction if they didn’t rise up in arms such as the regular

  • Cormac Mccarthy's Blood Meridian As An Anti-West

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    Artem Yudin Slavic R5A SP14 April 1, 2014 ‘Blood Meridian’ as an ‘Anti-Western’ In a single sense, Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian is a book in regards to the West; it is just a book that bridges this gap between your “old” mythological along with the “new” revisionist Traditional Western and creates a brand new direction to the genre to follow along with that of a more practical myth. It works by using and inverts various classic tasks of the cliché Western and sets them having themes in addition

  • Context, Violence and Leadership in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian

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    Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian” does a marvelous job of highlighting the violent nature of mankind. The underlying cause of this violent nature can be analyzed from three perspectives, the first being where the occurrence of violence takes place, the second man’s need to be led and the way their leader leads them, and lastly whether violence is truly an innate and inherent characteristic in man. Cormac McCarthy once said, “I think the notion that the species can be improved in some way, that everyone

  • Analysis Of Blood Meridian

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    248). In Blood Meridian: Or the Evening in the West, characters reference the Bible. Through this interaction,

  • Literary Analysis: Blood Meridian

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    Kiahna Brown 12/2/2015 Grinder American Novel Literary Analysis II The Evil in War Blood Meridian was not simply written for the thrill of reading another gory and gruesome novel, but to show through a third person omniscient perspective the true and entirely evil reality of war and destruction. “The good book does indeed count war an evil... Yet there's many a bloody tale of war inside it” (22). This novel implies that the bodies of those in our way is the only road to expansion and progress

  • The True Wild West: A Violent, Godless Wasteland

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    manufactured, political, cultural, and temporal environment including everything that the characters own. Characters may be either helped or hurt by their surroundings and they nay fight about possessions or goals” (Roberts 109). In Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West, this setting is the focal point. Every natural event or decision made by the characters is unique to the wild platform on which it takes place. The setting of the West, including the mindless violence within

  • Blood Meridian Rhetorical Precis

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    An important exchange in Blood Meridian is the contact between the kid and the hermit. The kid happens upon the hermit by chance, when he spots the smoke coming from the hut. The hut being away from the “king’s road,” shows the hermit’s insistence with shying away from society, since roads are usually built where there is heavy traffic of human movement, which ultimately leads to society, it also demonstrates that for some reason the hermit has a bias against society. The hut itself is very natural

  • The Man With No Name Rhetorical Techniques

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    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 bloody conflicts between us, the Mexicans and

  • Cormac Mccarthy's The Blood Meridian

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    In The Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy, the kid goes through many tough times starting off from a very young age. The kid in some cases has a taste for mindless violence that he fulfills often. The aggression the kid shows seems to come natural to him in a way that it seems to be in his nature to be a savage on a day to day basis. The kid is born evil and becoming an expert in acts of savage violence throughout the story. The acts of savage violence the kid portrays throughout the first couple

  • Blood Meridian Chapter Summary

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    Moving forward into chapter seventeen of Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian”, Glanton’s crew rode on as the Apaches they drank with held back, as they refused to ride through the night. The next night Glanton’s men made a fire and discussed what’s happened in their group, the members who’d been killed. Then brought up there possibly being life on other planets. The Judge immediately disagreed though and did a trick, as if that was being the proof to his point or something. As they travelled a little

  • Violence In Blood Meridian By Cormac Mccarthy

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    Violence in Blood Meridian By Alex-Hendershot | Alex Hendershot ENG 4UI Ms. Taylor November 19, 2013 Literary Connections: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy Violence is often used in literature by antagonists to symbolize evil and darkness, and to represent the brutal force that opposes the characters. However, in the novel Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, this is not the case. Violence in Blood Meridian is not used as a symbol of evil by the antagonist, but is used by all the main

  • Revisionism In Cormac Mccarthy's Blood Meridian

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    On the basis of its statement that “a false book is no book at all” (147), Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian is a revision of antecedent literary tradition, mainly Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, as well as the Bible and Christian theology, thereby amounting to the creation of postmodern hybrid revisionist work. This paper will attempt to indicate Blood Meridian’s status as a counter-narrative, and thus, as both a neomyth and a neobiblical meta-narrative, meaning both a rendition of version