8 comments on “Ch. 4 Discussion

  1. This is an answer to Leona’s first question in class about how the Kid never seems to be alone..
    In Blood Meridian the Kid does’t seem like he looks for groups of people to be with or looks for trouble but trouble always seems to find him and especially with the Kids personality how he doesn’t really seem to care about anything and he just does what others are doing around them, I feel like that makes him an easy target for these bad gangs to take advantage of him.

  2. There’s a scene in chapter 4 that I find somewhat interesting, although this might be a bit of a stretch. The kid and Captain White’s group come across this old man whom was declared as a halfwit. On page 52, it says, “They dragged the old man away. He had begun to babble but no one listened and in the morning he was gone.” Like in mythology, when the blind man is portrayed as the wise man who can see ahead, perhaps we can similarly interpret that the old man isn’t actually babbling, instead, it’s Captain White and his men who can’t hear the truth, and as such, met their end in this chapter.

  3. Discussion Question-
    “The men turned out in the early morning darkness to dig their graves with the blade bones of antelope”. What is the significance of the men in Captain White’s expedition digging graves with the bones of dead animals?

    • I think that since animals are a form of life, this reiterates the gang’s lack of respect for life. They are using dead creatures bones to dig graves, which is ironic. This kind of shows how no matter what life form gets in the way, they put their priorities above it. They will step on anything or one to achieve their goals.

  4. I think it’s interesting how Cormac McCarthy describes the sun. “In the morning a urinecolored sun rose blearily through panes of dust on a dim world and without feature”

    The sun is often a symbol of life and hope, and with McCarthy description it sort of is ironic. It’s like it’s trying to demonstrate that their is absolutely no help in the desert wasteland. Really emphasizing the “hell” that was going on in the desert.

  5. This is in response to David’s question. I think McCarthy is representing a world of violence and death that occurs in a cycle. The bones of dead animals produce the graves for dead humans, and it could just as easily be the other way around. McCarthy is trying to represent a world desensitized to violence, where death is normal and unexceptional.

  6. The atmosphere McCarthy creates really is uncomfortable and kind of awful. The kid is alone and has no where to go. He’s living with what seems to be no purpose or value. He drifts from one group to the other because he is a lonely wanderer, taking what he can get without any attachment. If he did have the ability to become emotionally attached, his character wouldn’t thrive in the life he has to live.

  7. I think this chapter gives the Kid an interesting characterization, that though built on in the previous chapters, really sets in this chapter because of his interaction with Captain White’s group. That characterization makes the Kid out to be about as constant as a gust of wind. He sweeps across the west, interacting briefly with different sorts of people, but never is truly present. I feel like the Kid is definitely “destined” for something, because he is really apathetic to how he moves through this world. He never seeks trouble out but it always finds him.

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