Personal Response: The End

Finally, this is over. So, I would like to begin this post with a brief overview of what happened in the end. In the last 40 or so pages ,the scalp hunters are essentially massacred and only a few of them remain. The important two of those are the kid and the judge. There is a falling out between the two of them and after some fighting, they go their separate ways. Ten years pass and the kid becomes the man. He eventually goes into a town one day and in a tavern, he runs into, who else but the judge. The two of them exchange words and the judge ends up killing the man in an outhouse. Afterwards, the judge goes back inside and dances with the rest of the men in the tavern.

The first thing I am going to comment on is the style McCarthy uses throughout the novel. His writing could be compared to that of Hawthorne’s in the sense that it is a description driven story. The dialogue parts are few and far between. McCarthy makes sure that you know what the setting looks like no matter where the characters are. The frustrating part is that when he is talking about actions or what actually happens, he is very ambiguous, especially toward the end. He stops explaining what happens and leaves it to the reader to infer what happened based on context clues in the writing. For example, when the judge kills the man, McCarthy tells you in a very roundabout way. The way he sets it up, a man, you dont know who but it is either the man or the judge, is standing outside of the outhouse. Another man walks up and asks if the outhouse is occupied. The man says to not go in there, but the other man peers in and says, “Good God almighty. p.334” then the scene changes to back inside and we see the judge dancing. From this occurrence we are to infer that the judge killed the man because of their past, or maybe new, issues with each other. Either way, this style characterizes the end of the book. McCarthy repeatedly hints at and insinuates that big events occurred, but he refuses to plainly tell you what happened.

 The last thing I would like to say about Blood Meridian is that I enjoyed this novel. Now admittedly it got very boring at times and there were parts when I just wanted to stop reading it altogether, but I persisted and found the interesting and compelling parts that I was looking for. The only problem was dredging through the over used description of the setting. Once I did find an interesting part though, it was a beautifully written, inventive, and thought-provoking message or event. Now that’s not to say that the rest of the novel was not very well written, because it was. McCarthy has a fantastic and unique writing style that makes him such a good writer. The parts that I am talking about though, are philosophical moments in the novel that always involve the judge. The judge is my favorite character in the novel because of this as well. These parts are the judge voicing McCarthy’s thoughts on life and human nature. It is always done in such a way that makes the reader have to analyze and think as well. Those parts made the book for me and without them I honestly probably  would not have enjoyed this novel. All that being said, I did enjoy the novel overall because the interesting parts made the boring parts worth it. I do believe that I have officially said all I have to say about this book. And even though you will probably be reading at time too far in the future to remember this, I still say you should have sweet tea every day.


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