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Origin of "give a watermelon a pure fit" in "Blood Meridian"

I interpret the sentence as meaning, “the Apaches are so frightening that they would give even a watermelon a feeling of intense fear.” Elrod’s grin and the man’s reaction suggest that the sentence is ...
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What is the meaning of the epilogue in Blood Meridian?

More than likely the tool the man was using was a post hole digger. I'm speculating but I've used one and I can't think of what else it could be. He was probably digging post holes for a fence. When ...
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What is the meaning of the epilogue in Blood Meridian?

Rereading Blood Meridian after about a dozen years and this is something I just thought about the Epilogue: Could the author have meant simply to refer to the spread of the telegraph in the West, a ...
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What's the significance of The Idiot in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian?

Partly, I'd argue that the idiot, or James Robert Bell, is a continuation of the novel's Moby-Dick allusions. In Moby-Dick, Captain Ahab takes the young sailor Pip under his charge after a whaling ...
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What is the purpose of the surrealist content in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian?

Aside from contributing to the novel's (at least partly) "Acid Western", dreamlike style, I think that the novel's surrealistic elements are intended to strengthen its themes of violence and ...
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Origin of "give a watermelon a pure fit" in "Blood Meridian"

I had always taken this to be questioning whether the ears had, in fact, come from live Apache warriors. As in: the "Apaches" in question were so feeble they would only frighten ("give .. a pure fit") ...
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What is the meaning of the epilogue in Blood Meridian?

I see it as just a simple allegory for life. One of the topics I remember from Blood Meridian is that of agency, whether free-will or determinism. I think the epilogue is life. Those who do the hard ...
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What is the meaning of the epilogue in Blood Meridian?

I think striking fire from the earth is a reference to nuclear weapons, uranium. McCarthy describes in detail how gun power was made from, things from the earth. He also describes weapons and what ...
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