“See the Child”: Representations of Childhood in Blood Meridian and The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Abstract

This essay aims to illustrate the way in which the American writer Cormac McCarthy constructs the role of the children in his novels Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West and The Road to challenge the discursive reality elaborated by the two adult protagonists. The premise of this endeavor is that both Judge Holden and the man offer a logocentric vision of the world, which the young characters resist by questioning its validity and exposing its limits. The Post-Structuralist criticism of Jacques Derrida and Friedrich Nietzsche represents the theoretical foundation of the text analysis proposed below.

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  • Derrida, Jacques. “Matter/Materialism.” Derrida Wordbook. Ed. Maria-Daniella Dick and Julian Wolfreys. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2013. 397-398. Print.

  • McCarthy, Cormac. Blood Meridian; or the Evening Redness in the West. London: Picador, 2015. Print.

  • McCarthy, Cormac. The Road, 2006. Web 11 Sept. 2018.

  • Nietzsche, Friedrich. “The Will to Power.” 1914. Literary Theory: An Anthology. Ed. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan. Malden: Blackwell, 2004. 266-270. Print.

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