I'm updating two weeks in one because I've been so busy and my life is total chaos. I haven't had much time for reading unfortunately. I hope you all will accept my apologies. That being said, I'm really enjoying The Gunslinger the second time around. Here are more questions that cover the last two chapters, The Way Station and The Oracle and the Mountains.
- At one point in Roland's recollections of his boyhood, his father saddles him with what seems on the surface a very troubling, even damning judgment. "It is not your place to be moral," his father says. "Morals may always be beyond you." Then he cryptically suggests that his son's amorality is what will make him " formidable." What does he mean? How does this characterization inform the novel's ensuing action—and the larger journey Roland takes over the course of the entire Dark Tower saga?
- What sense, in the flashbacks that occur throughout the novel, does Stephen King provide of what Roland's world was like before it "moved on"?
- What kind of a man is Cort? Discuss Roland's ambivalent feelings about his boyhood teacher.
- What does Roland learn from the demon in the cellar of the way station? "While you travel with the boy, the man in black travels with your soul in his pocket." What does this mean? And how does the pronouncement bear out, in light of the novel's climax at the edge of the desert?
1. I think what his father means is that sometimes morals have to take a back seat to what needs to be done. Now, I'm not saying I agree with that, but I think in regards to the situation in this series, that is what he means. That Roland will be formidable because he will not let morals stand in the way of his duties.
2. It seems that Roland came from privilege and the lifestyle he came from before almost reminds me of the royalty in Medieval times, but he also received the tough training of a knight or soldier.
3. I believe that Roland felt that Cort was a cruel taskmaster, but yet his tough treatment was necessary for them to learn what they needed to learn. Kind of like that tough drill sergeant.
4. In regards to the first part of this question, I think the demon's prophecy means that Roland is becoming emotionally attached to the boy which will interfere with what he must do. So, the man in black has the upper hand, as long as Roland stays attached in that way to the boy. Of course, in regards to the second part of this question, we're not at the climax yet...or, at least, I'm not so that remains to be seen.
So, how are you all doing on this book? I hope you will share your thoughts and, again, forgive me for being SO behind.