Blood Meridian

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Juan “McGill” Miguel Character Analysis

The only Mexican member of Glanton’s gang, called McGill throughout the novel, an American mispronunciation of his name. McGill takes an old Apache woman’s scalp in Janos. When McGill is lanced during the gang’s massacre of the Gileños Indians, the kid attempts to help him, but Glanton orders him not to and shoots McGill in the head. The gang then takes McGill’s scalp because they might as well profit from it.
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Juan “McGill” Miguel Character Timeline in Blood Meridian

The timeline below shows where the character Juan “McGill” Miguel appears in Blood Meridian. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...her in the head, and the single Mexican member of the gang, Juan Miguel (called McGill throughout, an American mispronunciation of his name), scalps her while the family of magicians watch... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...formal or informal rules governing who can sit where. However, the Delawares and the Mexican McGill are around one fire, the whites around the other. Black Jackson sits with the whites,... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...Gileños, including infants and the Indians’ Mexican slaves, hacking at their skulls for scalps. When McGill is lanced, the kid attempts to help him, but Glanton orders him not to and... (full context)
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...massacre, his men are taking scalps and stringing them on leather cords; their former comrade-in-arms McGill has also been scalped. The Judge tells Glanton that the head he’s taken is not... (full context)