Paper: A Review of the Interesting Story of Blood Meridian

331). The Kid after all the years of false bloodshed that made up his youth, no longer recognize [s] the sanctity of blood (pp.331) and therefore according to the Judge, dances a false dance. Only the one who has been to the floor of the pit and seen horror in the round and learned at last that it speaks to his inmost heart (pp.331) deserves to live. The judge is that man; he has been to hell and back, and unfortunately for the Kid the judge realizes that the kid can never be like him. That is why the kid must die. Like the bear, the Kid must die when the music stops. He is no longer able to dance and thus he must no longer be able to live. The place of his birth just so happens to be the place of his death, completing the circle of the kids destiny. The one thing that the Judge knows that the kid does not is this; no matter what opposite course in destiny one chooses for him, one cannot change the outcome. The kid thinks even a dumb animal can dance (pp.331), but isnt true that the dumb animal was also killed in a hail of gunfire? The one who was left living was the one holding the gun. According to the judge there is room on the stage for one beast and one alone (pp.331). That beast is the one who embraces death and embraces war, something the kid was not able to do in the end. So like all the others, who were not able to be on stage, the kid is destined for a night that is eternal and without name (pp.331). That night does have a name however and it is death. The time has come for the Kids life to start anew. The circle will once again complete itself, starting as before with a young boy and the judge. There is always some one else to be the Judges voodoo doll, someone elses soul to manipulate to be just like his. Wars have continued throughout history, and the blood of the innocent is what the Judge needs to survive. That is why they say the judge never sleeps and never dies (pp. 335)....