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Cormac McCarthy's setting in Blood Meridian is a landscape of endless and varied beauty. McCarthy highlights the unexpected beauty of mixes of scrubby plants, twisted rock, and the fused auburn and red colours of this fiery wasteland that framework this nightmarish publication. Numerous descriptions, in the barren to the scenic, characteristic McCarthy's highly wrought, lyrical prose. Such descriptions of the celestial landscape seem to serve a dual purpose. While having an isolated highlight for this gruesome publication, McCarthy's beautiful setting also serves as an intricate device in defining the novel's themes and creating the reality in which it's set. Aside from the novel's thematic evolution, McCarthy's setting along with his detailed description of the intricate splendor of the desert southwest is deserving of praise. A lyrical quality and elegant beauty are apparent in the publication's description. McCarthy's extended reports of the pristine splendor of the desert can be seen as an artistic and visually attractive piece work apart from the storyline of the novel. Such memorable accounts appear to be a only highlight at a very disturbing book (Moran 37). By noon they had begun to scale ahead of the difference in the mountains. Riding up by means of the lavender or soapweed, under the Animas peaks. The shadow of the eagle that had set forth from the line of riders beneath and they looked up to mark it where it awakens in that brittle blue and faultless void. In the day they came out to some mesa that overlooked all the nation to the north... The crumpled butcher paper mountains put in sharp shadowfold beneath the extended gloomy dusk and in the middle distance the glazed bed of a dry lake lay polished just like the mare imbrium. (168) These highly-developed and...