Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West question


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Does anyone find similarity between Judge Holden and Friedrich Nietzsche?
Shadab Ghani Shadab Mar 22, 2013 12:42PM
He seemed to me like Nietzsche's disciple because of his thoughts on war, morality etc. His dance in the end reminded me of Zarathustra dancing. Does anyone else feel this similarity too? And if yes, what was Cormac McCarthy's motive?



No, I thought he was pretty clearly a Hegelian. Though I admit it's been a while since I read it now.


Owen (last edited Mar 26, 2013 08:13AM ) Mar 26, 2013 08:13AM   0 votes
I think that the Hegelian picture is fairly inappropriate for Holden. He isn't talking about some sort of Master/Slave synthesis; he's talking about a permanent difference. That's more along the lines of Nietzsche or Spinoza than it is Hegel. But I don't think that the Judge fits cleanly under the auspices of any thinker, though he may be reminiscent of many.


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