I completely loved Blood Meridian which explains why I am still up at 6:30 in the morning (just finished it). The novel contains many inferences to the bible yet not in spiritual notions but in the materialism of the world. The kids experiences are all in a vivid depiction of the physical aspect of his existence. There is barely any recolection of the kids concious thoughts. He can not read or write, therefore he can not obtain the knowledge in which could be freely bestowed upon him. This is ironic because on page 312, the kid is described with a bible in his possesion yet he cant read. The kid's ignorance makes him innocent. "The child's face is curiously untouched behind the scars, the eyes oddly innocent" (page 4). His father is said to have "quoted from poets whos names are now lost". This means the kid He has already forgotten his origin by page 2, which is an allusion to Adam and Eve being forced out of the garden of Eden. They were made to leave by God because of their knowledge of good and evil. This is the notion that Men inherit thier sin by their parents from being conceived. He has a general tendency towords violence. The kid seems caught up in this reality made for him by what his ancestors have left him. He sees no future so he partakes in events that make his mind begin to ponder about the morality of his actions. This is the only moral growth in the novel, where the kid disbands from the Glanton gang because he feels it is wrong. He however is not rewarded because the Judge blaims him for the group being ambushed at the yuma heist. He than claims about the kid, "you alone were mutonious. You alone reserved in your soul some corner of clemency for the heathen". This means the kids soul cant decide to take a side, he is just stewing in his present situation by pending the decision to commit to a decision.
The judge on the other hand is the exact opposite of the kid. He is an allusion to Satan. The judge first enters the novel by interrupting a sermon by persuading the crowd that the revered composing the sermon is a child molester. The revered is shocked and states "This is him, cried the reverend, sobbing. This is him. The Devil. Here he stands". When asked moments later about the outbreak, he states he had "never laid eyes on him before today". Chaos fully embarks in the way the judge gets the best of characters. On page 161, when Dave Brown (the man who owns a necklace made out of human ears) is punctured in the leg by an arrow, the judge mocks Brown when he asks for help. Saying that he will give him "a policy on his life against every mishap save the noose". The judge laughs at the wounded man and the kid feels compassion for his fallen comrade and decides to administer help. After he aids the wounded man, he is confronted by Glanton who says to him "God will not love ye forever....dont you know he would have took you with him". What Glanton is trying to say here is that whenever man is confronted with pain, he feels that chaos exists within the man, and therefore would turn on you in response to the immense pain they are feeling. The novel ends with the judge friviously dancing while stating that "he will never die". This makes for more evidence that the judge is satan in the book because he gets the best of everyone and he enjoys his own brutality, forced upon others.