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Does "Blood Meridian" accurately describe gunpowder manufacture?

I think it was likely that he was trying to be accurate. In the Mississippi Quarterly Vol 46, No. 4, Fall 1993, Journal Article 'A Blood Dark Pastryman', John Emil Sepich writes: McCarthy's appears ...
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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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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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Truce of the burning tree -- how realistic?

Basically, no, although it's hard to say for sure. Most animals fear fire and will avoid it: only some of the more intelligent birds and primates seem to have learned that fire can have some benefits, ...
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In Blood Meridian, why does the judge call out the kid as being different?

I’ve watched the Yale Hungerford lectures multiple times (they are available for free on YouTube #17, #18, and are fantastic), and the only conclusion I can come to is that she’s just wrong. Her ...
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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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Primers in "Blood Meridian" — an unmentioned/overlooked detail?

They mention repeated times throughout the book including during the gunpowder making scene that someone Caps or capped the cylinder or piece, this is referring to priming the charge with a percussion ...
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In Blood Meridian, why does the judge call out the kid as being different?

There's a scene near the end of the book where the kid is captured, and he speaks of his experience with the scalpers: In his cell he began to speak with a strange urgency of things few men have seen ...
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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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