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Dr. Jeff Keuss
Violence, Cormac, McCarthy, Blood, Meridian, Western
This discussion of McCarthy’s use of violence in his western novels will focus primarily on the books Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West and No Country for Old Men.
Both novels feature antagonists who use war and violence to impose a new societal order. They fail in the end – they cannot succeed so long as there are individuals who refuse to conform to a widespread acceptance of violence that follows Judge Holden’s doctrine of war. In McCarthy’s novels, violence is used to impose a new order of existence. The opposition of individuals cause these imposed orders to fail, and enforces the fact that violence is not the final word. There will always be those who resist its subjugation.
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Robinson, Matthew L., "There Will Be Violence: A Critical Analysis of Violence in the Works of Cormac McCarthy" (2015). Honors Projects. 33.