Blood Meridian, written by Cormac Mccarthy, shows representation of the American component of culture through Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny was the idea that the United States was predetermined by God to grow its domain and spread popular government and free enterprise over the whole North American landmass. the American government used Manifest Destiny to justify going to war with Mexico.
Prime examples of Manifest Destiny being shown in the novel between chapters 1 and 3 are through the investigation of the south-western parts of the nation, and experiences with Captain White as well as other characters. However, chapters 4-5 scatter this perfectly. Throughout the first few chapters, the Judge often talks about how War will forever go on throughout history.
This mindset was similar to the American’s who believed that as they advanced into Mexican Territory, death will always be a sad result of Manifest Destiny due to warfare. Another example of Manifest Destiny being incorporated into the story is when “The Kid” first meets Captain White. Captain White welcomes The Kid to vanquish the Mexicans after a poor employment done by the Americans after the war. He says “What we are dealing with, he said, is a race of degenerates. A mongrel race, little better than n—s. And maybe no better” (3.
95). Captain White believes the American failed in taking over this territory and just handed it to the Mexicans. This is shown in the quote “We fought for it. Lost friends and brothers down there. And then by God if we didn’t give it back. Back to a bunch of barbarians that even the most biased in their favor will admit have no least notion in God’s earth of honor or justice or the meaning of republican government.” His plan to get it back is shown in the quote, “Also, perhaps no better.
There is no administration in Mexico. For hell’s sake, there’s no God in Mexico. There will be an area of land for each man in my organization. Fine prairie. A portion of the finest on the planet. A land rich in minerals, in gold and silver I would state past the most stunning hypothesis.
” (McCarthy 32-33). Here, a pleased white Christian American is welcoming The Kid to go along with him on his excursion to a land that he accepts must be controlled by the White Man, and consequently they will get ample benefits from it. In any case, chapters 4-5 demonstrate that the idea of Manifest Destiny isn’t what it appears and Captain White’s designs go out of order. These two segments of the novel exhibit how repulsive and offensive Manifest Destiny can be, and that the White Man does not for the most part win all the time. On their voyage, a gathering of outsiders come in to the town and slaughter everybody in the gathering.
Captain White’s head is found by the Kid which surprises him. “In this container with hair afloat and eyes turned upward in a pale face sat a human head” (5.159). All of Captain’s dreams of Manifest Destiny have gone down the drain now that he is dead.