Essay about 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 from his mother’s womb, but rather the Kid experienced a rebirth in the form of one of the judge’s “great clay voodoo dolls (pp.13).';
Throughout the whole book beginning on
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He chooses his own path out of the desert, one that “calls for the largeness of heart (pp. 330),'; one that deviates from the Judges own “empty, barren, [and] hard [heart, whose] very nature is stone (pp.330).'; This path is one, which does not include war. In the judges eyes the Kid has become a “false dancer (pp.331).'; The Kid after all the years of false bloodshed that made up his youth, no longer “recognize [s] the sanctity of blood (pp.331)'; and therefore according to the Judge, “dances a false dance.'; Only the one “who has been to the floor of the pit and seen horror in the round and learned at last that it speaks to his inmost heart (pp.331)'; deserves to live. The judge is that man; he has been to hell and back, and unfortunately for the Kid the judge realizes that the kid can never be like him. That is why the kid must die.
Like the bear, the Kid must die when the music stops. He is no longer able to dance and thus he must no longer be able to live. The place of his birth just so happens to be the place of his death, completing the circle of the kid’s destiny. The one thing that the Judge knows that the kid does not is this; no matter what opposite course in destiny one chooses for him, one cannot change the outcome. The kid thinks “even a dumb animal can