Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
John C. Unrue
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Joseph B. McCullough
Fourth Committee Member
Number of Pages
While many works exert an influence on Cormac McCarthy's 1985 novel Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West, I argue in this thesis that Herman Melville's Moby-Dick stands above them all in importance. I examine some areas where Melville's influence on McCarthy's work can be most notably located. I argue that Melville's importance to McCarthy can be seen in the latter's use of several characters from Moby-Dick in his own novel. I also examine the parallels that arise when one examines the confluences between the two novels' structures, vocabularies, and settings. I also consider how Melville's violent aesthetics influence McCarthy's graphic depictions of bloodshed. The conclusion discusses the benefits of thinking of the novels as complementary texts.
Blood meridian, or, The evening redness in the West; Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.); McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-; Melville, Herman, 1819-1891; Moby Dick
American Literature | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America
Tesar, Ryan Joseph, "The Influence of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick on Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian" (2014). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2218.