thread: 2007-10-11 : Blood Meridian
On 2007-10-28, Chris J wrote:
Is the judge demonic?
McCarthy insinuates it, but never shows anything explicitly supernatural. Gets close with that scene where he lifts up the meteorite anvil, but never leaves the realm of what is possible. Yet when you add up all that’s said about the judge, the sum of his esoteric knowledges & capabilites challenge plausability and casts him closer to mythic. My favorite bit is when they ask him where he learned Dutch. “Said off a Dutchman”.
His need to work through Glanton & his gang and especially his need to have everyone truly comitted to the depravity & violence paints him as a classic devil archetype. But “judge as devil” seems too pat, too easy, that his part in the story is more slippery than that.
So what is this guy?