6 comments on “Ch. 5 Discussion

  1. I found it interesting that the kid didn’t show any signs of bother about Sproule following him along. As an injured person who can barely fend for himself, Sproule seems to bring more trouble to the kid. I thought that this would in turn hinder his chances of survival and thus, the kid would attempt to leave him behind. Maybe this is a sign of how the kid is less malicious or more uncaring.

  2. The scene of the dead infants aids as concrete evidence toward the mindset the gang has. The gang goes through their time together trying to bring liberation to those with nothing. Therefore they have experienced so much violence with their time together they are now numb. They don’t react in a humane way to the dead babies, but simply acknowledge their presence and move on. The representation of no matter how innocent they will always experience violence, reflecting on the kid and how we never really got to see any of his innocence.

  3. Discussion Question-
    While in the desert, by themselves, Sproule tells the kid to leave him and the kid refuses. Just later, they are passed by a group of Mexicans who give them a canteen, the kid takes the canteen and drinks greedily from it, he even goes as far as to take it from the weakening Sproule. All in the same chapter, the kid shows an extremely selfless side by staying with the doomed Sproule and then displays an extremely selfish side of his character. How does this juxtaposition of contrasting characteristics characterize the kid?

    • I think the kid has a conscience, but he views some things that are wrong to be less wrong than others. He knows that leaving Sproule to die alone isn’t the right thing to do, but he doesn’t see how other people are being directly harmed by him drinking all of the water.

  4. The gang does not know how to really feel anymore. They kill and kill. Is the kid supposed to represent the Anti-Christ or is he supposed to be representing what is inherently evil about human nature? He was not born evil but as he is exposed to more and more of it, it becomes more a part of him. Like the quote on page 69, “I know you’re kind he said. What’s wrong with you is wrong all the way through you.”

  5. This is in response to Davids question: I think that McCarthy wanted the Kid to be a study in extremes. He juxtaposes selfishness and selflessness in order to show that humankind is always balanced; where there is evil there is good. It makes for a complex and interesting character when we see the extremes of good and evil and gets the message across in an easier manner.

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