Questions tagged [cormac-mccarthy]

For questions about the American novelist, playwright and screenwriter Cormac McCarthy (Charles McCarthy, born 1933) or about any of his literary works, such as books including All the Pretty Horses (1992) and No Country for Old Men (2005).

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In Blood Meridian, why does the judge call out the kid as being different?

Toward the end of Blood Meridian, Judge Holden says a curious thing to the kid when the two are hunting each other in the desert: There's a flawed place in the fabric of your heart. Do you think I ...
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How did they track Llewelyn Moss in "No Country for Old Men"?

How is Llewelyn Moss tracked by Chigurh and the Mexicans in No Country for Old Men? I'm asking several clarifying questions here, but I'm really just wondering what I missed about the tracking device(...
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What's the significance of The Idiot in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian?

Toward the end of Blood Meridian, the gang encounters a man whose brother is so severely disabled that he is kept naked in a cage. Obviously, this character cannot speak and does not contribute to the ...
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What is the purpose of the surrealist content in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian?

The bleak violence of Blood Meridian is punctuated at intervals by various vignettes that have an air of surrealism, almost of black comedy. Some examples from memory include: The "buffones"...
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What is the meaning of the epilogue in Blood Meridian?

Cormac McCarthy is famously tight-lipped as to his own interpretations of his work. Nevertheless, there are some clear themes in his novel Blood Meridian: human propensity to violence and the efforts ...
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Is Blevins in All the Pretty Horses the modern-day version of Blood Meridian's The Kid?

Both The Kid and Blevins are not evil but at the same time extremely dangerous young men (of roughly the same age) on their own due to the death of their fathers. It seems pretty likely that if ...
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Why is Cormac McCarthy's prose so often described as "sparse"

It is not uncommon to hear the work of American author Cormac McCarthy described as "sparse", "terse", "spartan" or some other similar descriptor. Some examples: An extensive body of criticism ...
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Origin of "give a watermelon a pure fit" in "Blood Meridian"

On page 334 of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, Elrod responds to the man’s assertion that the ears on his scapular were taken from Apaches by saying that the “Apaches would give a watermelon a pure ...
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Can absence of information be considered a stylistic choice?

In The Road by Cormac McCarthy the names of the man and the boy are never revealed. Would this technically be considered a stylistic choice of the author? I pulled up a definition and it says "Style ...
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Why did the police go to The Orchard Keeper?

In Cormac McCarthy's The Orchard Keeper, the eponymous old man is visited by the cops. They do not get a warm welcome. Why did they go there at all, and why was the old man so hostile to them? I ...