>His feet are light and nimble. He never sleeps. He says that he will never die. He dances in light and in shadow and he is a great favorite. He never sleeps, the judge. He is dancing, dancing. He says that he will never die.
>you will never be thrown into a river by the judge or be young enough to be raped by him
why even live
>But why does the violence have to go on for so long? The book is 337 pages long, and they seem very long pages, with all but a few dominated by senseless violence. And yet–this repetition, too, seems part of the point. The judge’s violence, after all, is well-timed; it approaches the condition of dance. It is necessary to see it repeated, in different circumstances, in shifting keys and tempos, before we can recognize it fully as a dance. The novel has to be as long as it is so that it can create an imagined world in which the judge’s final dance is possible.
Throughout the book, the Judge is repeatedly portrayed as a reveller and a dancer. The ultimate control to which he aspires is realised in his dance.
I dunno about the flute, the Judge is a pretty mythological figures, and maybe it's playing into some Pan/Siva imagery.
I havent read the book, but from what I understand about the Judge and my experience about The Road, McCarthy writes characters that feel archetypal.
The ending more or less confirms this.
Blood Meridian, understood as an apocalyptic inversion of human spiritual pursuits, proposes the judge as someone who is made noble and virtuous through sin
His figurative immortality, his childlike appearance, his indefatigable energy, and mirthful dance all seem to go against nature.
yup. I havent.
If you have throw in your two cents.
Not that guy, but theres this.
Dance of Death, also called Danse Macabre (from the French language), is an artistic genre of late-medieval allegory on the universality of death: no matter one's station in life, the Dance of Death unites all. The Danse Macabre consists of the dead or personified Death summoning representatives from all walks of life to dance along to the grave, typically with a pope, emperor, king, child, and labourer. They were produced to remind people of the fragility of their lives and how vain were the glories of earthly life. Its origins are postulated from illustrated sermon texts; the earliest recorded visual scheme was a now-lost mural in the Saints Innocents Cemetery in Paris dating from 1424–25.
Good link, thanks op. I don't get 'the violence going on too long' it went on exactly right!
I really admired how McCarthy blended the philosophical themes & passages into this book. Even without it, it would be a very, very good book & Western, but this was masterful. Almost superior to some Dostoevsky or Mann, in that you didn't have to plough through a dull setting. The final chapters in the bone filled landscape we incredible.
I know all the top 100 lit core starter set charts are derided by some as memes, but so far, every book I've picked up from it (Stoner, Steppenwolf & The Magic Mountain) have been revelations.