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Indeed, such world would turn out absurd and grotesque, but I am not quite convinced that McCarthy does just that. The world he envisions is not a mere dystopia, where dehumanized creatures act ignorant of themselves, controlled by an omnipotent God. As well as this, characters show traces of free-will and act on account of their own decisions.
The kid seems trapped inside a platonic cave, his eyes shut, incapable of seeing the truth. The judge is the only one who goes outside the cave and over and over again comes back to share parts of the truth, only a distorted truth, molded according to his will of power.
At another point in his journey, the kid enters once again a mere staging of a biblical episode — the burning tree. Beyond this rather romantic reading of this scene, we can see also the resemblance with the ever burning tree, rooted on holy ground, where Moses was going to speak to God and be spoken to by him.
In this case, despite the fantastic way of the tree starting to burn, its flames die off, emptied of any shadow of holiness: The process of naming the place has the same symbolic strength I talked about before — it represents ownership and a specific manner of ruling over the — here, limited — earth.
McCarthy creates a reversed journey — if travelling has the symbolic power of transmitting the idea of conquest of every new territory added to the distance travelled, Billy Parham is stuck around the border, crossing and recrossing it. If in the beginning, taking the shewolf back to Mexico is a meaningful journey, as the story goes on, it seems that the only reason of the journey is the movement itself, the perpetual drifting on winding roads, along a deserted country, the only entity that makes Billy able to cope with his solitude.
Billy, on the other hand, steps aside the road with every speech he is given by those he encounters: Sleep and dreaming becomes the safe place, the riders oasis in the middle of nothingness. This is equally true for the parables Billy hears. Moreover, I believe in this parables McCarthy chooses to interrupt any movement with that philosophical meaning is added to the axiological core I talked about before.
Don Arnulfo has a first description of the God he discovered in his bold enterprise of knowing the truth: Here, the old man seems to have understood what judge Holden was constantly communicating. God here is again an incommunicating entity and the only way to cope his silent nature is by having blind faith, the kind, however, that renders truth and any search of it impossible.
His search proves to be unsuccessful: A doll. A dish.
A bone. However, a doll, a dish and a bone represent something. They are nothing holy, because apparently the world is void of holiness: The question of truth is regarded by the priest in close relation with the telling, a central focus of the novel.
His story, told by his wife, presents he way he became blind. While meeting another traveler, the blind man is told: One of the key scenes where the dialectic relation between the two novels is evident is, to some extent, a mirrored experience the kid and Billy Parham have.
More than this, his kneeling creates the image of joining the old lady in what seemed to be a prayer, but in fact he joins her in death, a nature- defying death of a body refusing to decompose.
The only one capable of surviving is the judge, who outlives the kid, and carries on, performing his ritual dance. Arnold and Diane C. Luce ed. The Border Trilogy, University of Mississippi, 2.
Edwin T. Luce, ed. The Border Trilogy, University of Mississippi, 5. Kenneth Lincoln, Cormac McCarthy. American Canticles, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 7. Picador, 8.