4 comments on “Ch. 15 Discussion

  1. In this chapter, one of the first times we see the kid truly separated from the gang, the tone of the describing language seems to shift a little bit. When the kid goes up into the mountain, he sees fighting going on below him; previously, most clashes have been described in vivid detail, but this time it seems very detached. On p223, McCarthy writes:

    “…he saw from that high rimland the collision of armies remote and silent upon the plain below… The distant horsemen rode and parried and a faint drift of smoke passed over them and they moved on up the deepening shade of the valley floor leaving behind them the shapes of mortal men who had lost their lives in that place. He watched all this pass below him mute and ordered and senseless until the warring horsemen were gone in the sudden rush of dark that fell over the desert.”

    Is this apparent shift in tone significant? Could it imply something will change soon in how we see the kid, or is this simply the author presenting a different perspective until the kid joins back up with the gang?

    • In my opinion, this quote does not foreshadow a change in the kid’s perspective, instead I think that the detached tone while describing the fighting emphasizes the idea of the overall pointlessness of violence in the book. With all of the killing and scalping that Glanton’s gang has partaken in, they have wasted all the rewards that they have gained from it.

  2. Earlier within the novel, the Kid is seen as someone who doesn’t care about others but as the story progresses, the Kid begins to have certain traits of caring. For example, the Kid meets a guy named Tate, whose horse is injured and is forced to walk, and he begins to get off his horse and walks along with him.

    How has his experience within Glanton’s gang change how he is? Has all the death and violence made his realize this isn’t who he wants to be?

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