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Cormac McCarthy

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Cormac McCarthy

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Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West is written from the third-person omniscient point of view. Although the narration encompasses all of the characters and events, it is primarily focused on events experienced by the main character of the novel, known only as "the kid."


Cormac McCarthy wrote Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West primarily in the present tense, although there are instances in the novel where he shifts to the past tense.

About the Title

Cormac McCarthy's novel Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West takes place in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War when scalp hunters were hired to clear Indians from the Texas-Mexico borderlands. The title refers to the color the sun makes as it sets in the west and invokes the violence depicted in the novel through the use of the word "blood." A "meridian" can be defined as a line of longitude and is further supported by the subtitle, Or the Evening Redness in the West.


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