9 comments on “Ch. 1 Discussion

  1. When reading the first chapter of Blood Meridian I got confused when it would randomly change from third person to first person..when it is in first person is that the kid?

    • I think it’s just the lack of quotation marks. I was confused too when I read over the first chapter and saw the use of first person but, after hearing that the book is in third person, I went back and realized it was one of the characters who was saying “I said” and not a narrator.

  2. I love how McCarthy’s writing style almost undermines the violence. By doing this he makes the violence seem like it isn’t a big deal, which emphasizes how common violence was for the Kid.

  3. At the beginning of the chapter, the author presents the main character first as “the child” when he was 14, then “the kid” when he was 16. I think that, like Wordsworth, most people would associate children with purity, while I personally associate “kid” with a sense of mischievousness. That is to say, while children might be unaware of the consequences behind their actions, kids are slightly more knowledgeable and are able to make a conscious choice, taking in account the results. In becoming “the kid,” he has cast aside “the child” and any remnants of innocence. Children/kids are often coined as the hope for our future. Through the evil acts committed by that which may be considered purist of humankind, McCarthy is able to express the deterioration of man.

    • I agree with Mandy, defiantly at the beginning of the chapter when the child is undergoing the psychological trauma of loosing a stable family to sins of his parents he begins to slowly turn into what society destines every child to be a longer innocent human being. Specifically the fact that the kid is a male, and men tend to mature much later than women, but in this novel he veers away from any sign of innocence dramatically. He then starts to become a rather dramatic kid without any guidance in what direction he should grow into.

  4. I agree with Mandy, defiantly at the beginning of the chapter when the child is undergoing the psychological trauma of loosing a stable family to sins of his parents he begins to slowly turn into what society destines every child to be a longer innocent human being. Specifically the fact that the kid is a male, and men tend to mature much later than women, but in this novel he veers away from any sign of innocence dramatically. He then starts to become a rather dramatic kid without any guidance in what direction he should grow into.

  5. I find it odd that he is so mature or taking part in mature experiences at such a young age. He has definitely gone through a lot and even though he has escaped his childhood, he really is still a child. He is lost and feels like he must make hard decisions when really he should not have to. His innocence has been taken away and he is now a kid, not a child, but in all reality he is still developing mentally and emotionally.. which may lead to some violence in the future because he is out of whack. His psychological time frame is not balanced with his developmental stages as a human.

    • I think that he seems so mature because since he hasn’t had anyone to really rely on earlier in his life he has just grown to be really independent. At this point in his life, his priority is just to survive and support himself. Joining a gang is a really extreme way to survive. However, being part of a gang comes with a lot of life threatening risks, so maybe he doesn’t care about whether or not he lives or dies.

      • I definitely agree that joining a gang is an extreme way to survive, but it gives him a sense of belonging and he finally can count on these people as if they were family. Again, an extreme way to feel important, but we can argue that he doesn’t know any better.

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