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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West Study Guide

by Cormac McCarthy

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West study guide contains a biography of Cormac McCarthy, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

When the novel begins, the kid is a 14-year old boy from Tennessee who has a violent streak. He was born during a meteor shower.

He runs away to Memphis, and eventually ends up in Nacogdoches, Texas, which is where he first encounters Judge Holden, a large, charismatic, and eloquent man. The kid has a bloody fight with an outlaw named Toadvine, but they eventually team up to torch a hotel.

The kid rides out of Nacogdoches and spends the night in a hermit's shelter. The next day, he sets his sights on Bexar (current day San Antonio). The kid tries to barter his labor for a drink at the local bar, and when the bartender refuses, he breaks a bottle over the bartender's head and kills him. He steals a bottle of whiskey, gathers his mule, and…

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