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Blood Meridian The ending of the Blood Meridian is both abstruse and compelling The setting when the kid first walks into town pp324 seems almost too familiar This town could be any number of different towns located throughout the Midwest but it seems strangely related to the town of Nacogdoches The Kid once thought to be on some sort of migratory movement to the West has now completed a full circle and has returned to the place of his birth Birth not in the physical sense of being delivered from his mothers womb but rather the Kid experienced a rebirth in the form of one of the judges great clay voodoo dolls pp13 Throughout the whole book beginning on pp14 and ending with his death the Kid seems to have had his life manipulated in someway or other by the Judge Like the dancing bear on pp326 the Kid dances to the beat of the Judges fiddle What does the dance mean to the judge though Its seems as though the dance represents life and life is only good for one thing war If one does not offer up himself to the blood of war pp331 then that man cannot dance and thus cannot live Is this why the Kid must die in the end of the book Because he had chosen to stray away from the fate the Judge had set for him and elect therefore some opposite course pp330 The opposite course the Kid elected for himself was one without pointless slaughter and meaningless bloodshed The kid wants desperately to get away from the vast and broken world of the desert and elects to complete his circle instead of staying out west He chooses his own path out of the desert one that calls for the largeness of heart pp 330 one that deviates from the Judges own empty barren and hard heart whose very nature is stone pp330 This path
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