Blood Meridian


Cormac McCarthy

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Blood Meridian Symbols

The Dance

Characters dance throughout Blood Meridian: the black Jackson dances along with the family of magicians in Janos, the scalp hunters dance debauchedly at a feast Governor Trias holds in their honor, and even theread analysis of The Dance


While the dance symbolizes a ritual of violent motion that seeks to perpetuate itself, bathing is a symbol in the novel, often explicitly, for baptism—a ritual of serenity, radical transformation, and redemption. However, most of…

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