History Literature / TheDarkTower

28th Aug '15 3:45:36 PM CapnAndy
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-->: I'd have you see them like this; I'd have you see them very well. Will you? They are clustered around Suzie's Cruisin Trike, embracing in the aftermath of their victory. I'd have you see them this way not because they have won a great battle- they know better than that, every one of them- but because now they are ka-tet for the last time. The story of their friendship ends here, on this make-believe street and beneath this artificial sun; the rest of the tale will be short and brutal compared to all that's gone before. Because when ka-tet breaks, the end always comes quickly.
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-->: I'd -->I'd have you see them like this; I'd have you see them very well. Will you? They are clustered around Suzie's Cruisin Trike, embracing in the aftermath of their victory. I'd have you see them this way not because they have won a great battle- they know better than that, every one of them- but because now they are ka-tet for the last time. The story of their friendship ends here, on this make-believe street and beneath this artificial sun; the rest of the tale will be short and brutal compared to all that's gone before. Because when ka-tet breaks, the end always comes quickly.
19th Jul '15 3:32:29 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AlasPoorVillain: After Mordred kills Flagg/Walter/Marten, finally eliminating one of King's great villains, the narration briefly runs through Flagg's life. It gives him a FreudianExcuse (he was raped as a teenager) and manages to wring some small amount of sympathy from Flagg's death.
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* AlasPoorVillain: AlasPoorVillain: ** After Mordred kills Flagg/Walter/Marten, finally eliminating one of King's great villains, the narration briefly runs through Flagg's life. It gives him a FreudianExcuse (he was raped as a teenager) and manages to wring some small amount of sympathy from Flagg's death.

* AlasPoorVillain: After Mordred kills Flagg/Walter/Marten, finally eliminating one of King's great villains, TheJeeves: Nigel the narration briefly runs through Flagg's life. It gives him robot behaves like a FreudianExcuse (he was raped as a teenager) and manages to wring some small amount of sympathy from Flagg's death. classic British butler.

* SnicketWarningLabel: Right before [[spoiler: Eddie's death.]]
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* SnicketWarningLabel: SnicketWarningLabel: ** Right before [[spoiler: Eddie's death.]]

** And in the penultimate chapter of the book, after the HappilyEverAfter mentioned above, the narration explicitly warns the reader to close the book there and then, and let that be the end of the tale.
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** And in the penultimate chapter of the book, after the HappilyEverAfter mentioned above, ending, the narration explicitly warns the reader to close the book there and then, and let that be the end of the tale.

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** And in * WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Susannah never actually feels remorseful for blinding and ultimately killing Nigel the penultimate chapter of the book, after the HappilyEverAfter mentioned above, the narration explicitly warns the reader to close the book there and then, and let that be the end of the tale.robot.
13th Apr '15 5:58:34 AM JakeRock
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* AuthorFilibuster * BookEnds: [[spoiler:"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."]]
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* AuthorFilibuster * BookEnds: [[spoiler:"The "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."]]"

* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Used by the in-universe version of King to save everyone from Dandelo]] * DiabolusExMachina * DwindlingParty: [[spoiler:Only Roland is left to climb the tower at the end.]]
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* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Used by the in-universe version of King to save everyone from Dandelo]] * DiabolusExMachina [[spoiler:Dandelo]] * DwindlingParty: [[spoiler:Only Only Roland is left to climb the tower at the end.]]

* HappilyEverAfter:[[spoiler:"Will I tell you that these three lived happily ever after? I will not, for no one ever does. But there was happiness. And they did live."]]
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* HappilyEverAfter:[[spoiler:"Will HappilyEverAfter: Played with. "Will I tell you that these three lived happily ever after? I will not, for no one ever does. But there was happiness. And they did live."]]"

* LastBreathBullet: [[spoiler:Eddie is killed by the Devar-Toi's warden, Pimli Prentiss, doing this.]]
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* LastBreathBullet: [[spoiler:Eddie [[spoiler:Eddie]] is killed by the Devar-Toi's warden, Pimli Prentiss, doing this.]]

* MacGuffinLocation: Invoked with The titular Tower towards the end of the book. After [[spoiler: Stopping The Breakers and preventing The Beams being broken,]] Roland has completed his actual objective. There's no need for him to carry on, but he does so anyway, prompting [[spoiler: Susannah]] to leave him alone to complete the quest.
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* MacGuffinLocation: Invoked with The titular Tower towards the end of the book. After [[spoiler: Stopping The Breakers and preventing The Beams being broken,]] By the time he reaches it, Roland has completed his actual objective. There's no need for him to carry on, but he does so anyway, prompting [[spoiler: Susannah]] to leave him alone to complete the quest.

* NewGamePlus: [[spoiler:In the next Dark Tower cycle]] Roland begins his trek across the desert carrying the Horn of Eld (which he had not bothered to retreive from Cuthbert previously). The presence of the horn is symbolic; over the course of the series, Roland learns some of the values of family, love and loss. This carries over to his new journey, where he spares the time to retrieve the Horn from where it fell. This also suggests that, [[spoiler: with each new cycle]], Roland grows as a person. And considering that the series is based in part on Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", which ends "Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set, and blew "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", the Horn is probably one of the most important PlotCoupons for him to be carrying.
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* NewGamePlus: [[spoiler:In At the next Dark Tower cycle]] end of the book, Roland begins his trek a journey across the desert carrying the Horn of Eld (which he had not bothered to retreive from Cuthbert [[spoiler:Cuthbert's body]] previously). The presence of the horn is symbolic; over the course of the series, Roland learns some of the values of family, love and loss. This carries over to his new journey, where he spares the time to go back and retrieve the Horn from where it fell. Horn. This also suggests that, [[spoiler: with each new cycle]], quest he undertakes, Roland grows as a person. And considering that the series is based in part on Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", poem, which ends "Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set, and blew "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", the Horn is probably one of the most important PlotCoupons for him to be carrying.

* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: A few chapters before TheClimax, right before Roland is to meet up with [[BigBad The Crimson King]] and end his [[TheQuest quest]] to find The Dark Tower, [[spoiler:Susannah, the last human in his [[TrueCompanions ka-tet]] to survive, decides to leave Roland citing his obsession with the tower and the quest over the health of his friends. Notable in that she doesn't [[ChangedMyMindKid come back to assist him at the last moment]] to help him defeat the BigBad.]]
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* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: A few chapters before TheClimax, right before Roland is to meet up with [[BigBad The Crimson King]] and end his [[TheQuest quest]] to find The Dark Tower, [[spoiler:Susannah, [[spoiler:Susannah,]] the last human in of his [[TrueCompanions ka-tet]] to survive, still with him by this point, decides to leave Roland Roland, citing his obsession with the tower and the quest over the health of his friends. Notable in that she [[spoiler:she]] doesn't [[ChangedMyMindKid come back to assist him at the last moment]] to help him defeat the BigBad.]]

* ResetButton: Roland is forced to [[spoiler:restart his quest. The reasons for this are unclear, but it's implied that his willingness to abandon his friends to reach the tower is part of the reason why. That he didn't have the Horn of Eld with him could be a reason as well. It's implied that he's had to do this many times before because he never got it right. The afterword by King implies that he might get it right the next time.]] * ShooOutTheClowns: [[spoiler:Eddie, the jokester of the group, is the first to die]].
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* ResetButton: Roland [[spoiler:Roland is forced to [[spoiler:restart restart his quest. quest.]] The reasons for this are unclear, but it's implied that his willingness to abandon his friends to reach the tower Tower is part of the reason why. That he didn't have the Horn of Eld with him could be a reason as well. It's implied that he's had to do this many times before because he never got it right. The afterword by King implies that he might get it right the next time.]] time. * ShooOutTheClowns: [[spoiler:Eddie, [[spoiler:Eddie,]] the jokester of the group, is the first to die]].die.

-->[[spoiler: I'd have you see them like this; I'd have you see them very well. Will you? They are clustered around Suzie's Cruisin Trike, embracing in the aftermath of their victory. I'd have you see them this way not because they have won a great battle- they know better than that, every one of them- but because now they are ka-tet for the last time. The story of their friendship ends here, on this make-believe street and beneath this artificial sun; the rest of the tale will be short and brutal compared to all that's gone before. Because when ka-tet breaks, the end always comes quickly.]] --> Say sorry. ** And in the penultimate chapter of the book, after Susannah [[spoiler: leaves Roland behind and returns to a world very much like her own, where she immediately meets versions of Eddie and Jake]], The narration explicitly warns the reader to close the book there and then, and let that be the end of the tale.
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-->[[spoiler: -->: I'd have you see them like this; I'd have you see them very well. Will you? They are clustered around Suzie's Cruisin Trike, embracing in the aftermath of their victory. I'd have you see them this way not because they have won a great battle- they know better than that, every one of them- but because now they are ka-tet for the last time. The story of their friendship ends here, on this make-believe street and beneath this artificial sun; the rest of the tale will be short and brutal compared to all that's gone before. Because when ka-tet breaks, the end always comes quickly.]] --> Say sorry. quickly. ** And in the penultimate chapter of the book, after Susannah [[spoiler: leaves Roland behind and returns to a world very much like her own, where she immediately meets versions of Eddie and Jake]], The the HappilyEverAfter mentioned above, the narration explicitly warns the reader to close the book there and then, and let that be the end of the tale.
13th Apr '15 5:36:07 AM JakeRock
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* NewGamePlus: [[spoiler:In the next Dark Tower cycle Roland gets to keep the Horn of Eld.]] This might be meaningful in itself, as Roland is drawn to the tune of the Dark Tower. Now that Roland has an instrument of his own he can make his own music and [[spoiler:be free from the Tower forever.]] The series is based in part on Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", which ends "Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set, and blew "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", a further inferrable suggestion that [[spoiler: having the horn will make the difference]]. It may also be a nod to Roland's almost inhuman nature near the start of the books -- he has no emotions, only the Tower. Following [[spoiler:this version of his quest, he learns some of the values of family and love and therefore spares the time to take the Horn of Eld from his dead friend's body.]]
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* NewGamePlus: [[spoiler:In the next Dark Tower cycle cycle]] Roland gets to keep begins his trek across the desert carrying the Horn of Eld.]] This might be meaningful in itself, as Eld (which he had not bothered to retreive from Cuthbert previously). The presence of the horn is symbolic; over the course of the series, Roland is drawn to the tune learns some of the Dark Tower. Now that values of family, love and loss. This carries over to his new journey, where he spares the time to retrieve the Horn from where it fell. This also suggests that, [[spoiler: with each new cycle]], Roland has an instrument of his own he can make his own music and [[spoiler:be free from grows as a person. And considering that the Tower forever.]] The series is based in part on Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", which ends "Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set, and blew "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", a further inferrable suggestion that [[spoiler: having the horn will make the difference]]. It may also be a nod to Roland's almost inhuman nature near the start of the books -- he has no emotions, only the Tower. Following [[spoiler:this version of his quest, he learns some of the values of family and love and therefore spares the time to take the Horn is probably one of Eld from his dead friend's body.]]the most important PlotCoupons for him to be carrying.
10th Apr '15 8:42:44 AM JakeRock
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* ImpossibleTask: Suddenly subverted. In the first four volumes, The Tower is an impossibly distant, probably mythical location that not even Roland is sure really exists. It is also implied that he has been questing for it for ''over a hundred years''. It takes the Ka-Tet until the third volume to find a path which could potentially lead them in the right direction and even then, it is suggested that it will take many years of dangerous WalkTheEarth travel to get there, if they make it at all. From ''The Wolves of Calla'' onwards, Roland and co. are at least hinted to be getting nearer to The Tower, but it still retains its near-mythical status. Towards the end of volume VII, they reach Odd's Lane, where an occupant invites them into his home; He has a picture of The Tower on his wall, drawn on a visit to the field where it stands, which is more or less ''just up the road''. Even Roland is shocked by how casually this is mentioned by the character in question.
10th Apr '15 8:08:07 AM JakeRock
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*MacGuffinLocation: Invoked with The titular Tower towards the end of the book. After [[spoiler: Stopping The Breakers and preventing The Beams being broken,]] Roland has completed his actual objective. There's no need for him to carry on, but he does so anyway, prompting [[spoiler: Susannah]] to leave him alone to complete the quest.
10th Apr '15 7:39:09 AM JakeRock
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** And in the penultimate chapter of the book, after Susannah [[spoiler: leaves Roland behind and returns to a world very much like her own, where she immediately meets versions of Eddie and Jake]], The narration explicitly warns the reader to close the book there and then, and let that be the end of the tale.
1st Dec '14 10:32:55 PM IcarusJTP
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*SnicketWarningLabel: Right before [[spoiler: Eddie's death.]] -->[[spoiler: I'd have you see them like this; I'd have you see them very well. Will you? They are clustered around Suzie's Cruisin Trike, embracing in the aftermath of their victory. I'd have you see them this way not because they have won a great battle- they know better than that, every one of them- but because now they are ka-tet for the last time. The story of their friendship ends here, on this make-believe street and beneath this artificial sun; the rest of the tale will be short and brutal compared to all that's gone before. Because when ka-tet breaks, the end always comes quickly.]] --> Say sorry.
23rd Jul '14 7:34:36 PM MyFinalEdits
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* [[spoiler:DwindlingParty]]: [[spoiler:Only Roland is left to climb the tower at the end.]]
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* [[spoiler:DwindlingParty]]: DwindlingParty: [[spoiler:Only Roland is left to climb the tower at the end.]]

* [[spoiler:NewGamePlus]]: [[spoiler:In the next Dark Tower cycle Roland gets to keep the Horn of Eld.]] This might be meaningful in itself, as Roland is drawn to the tune of the Dark Tower. Now that Roland has an instrument of his own he can make his own music and [[spoiler:be free from the Tower forever.]] The series is based in part on Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", which ends "Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set, and blew "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", a further inferrable suggestion that [[spoiler: having the horn will make the difference]]. It may also be a nod to Roland's almost inhuman nature near the start of the books -- he has no emotions, only the Tower. Following [[spoiler:this version of his quest, he learns some of the values of family and love and therefore spares the time to take the Horn of Eld from his dead friend's body.]]
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* [[spoiler:NewGamePlus]]: NewGamePlus: [[spoiler:In the next Dark Tower cycle Roland gets to keep the Horn of Eld.]] This might be meaningful in itself, as Roland is drawn to the tune of the Dark Tower. Now that Roland has an instrument of his own he can make his own music and [[spoiler:be free from the Tower forever.]] The series is based in part on Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", which ends "Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set, and blew "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", a further inferrable suggestion that [[spoiler: having the horn will make the difference]]. It may also be a nod to Roland's almost inhuman nature near the start of the books -- he has no emotions, only the Tower. Following [[spoiler:this version of his quest, he learns some of the values of family and love and therefore spares the time to take the Horn of Eld from his dead friend's body.]]

* [[spoiler:ResetButton]]: Roland is forced to [[spoiler:restart his quest. The reasons for this are unclear, but it's implied that his willingness to abandon his friends to reach the tower is part of the reason why. That he didn't have the Horn of Eld with him could be a reason as well. It's implied that he's had to do this many times before because he never got it right. The afterword by King implies that he might get it right the next time.]]
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* [[spoiler:ResetButton]]: ResetButton: Roland is forced to [[spoiler:restart his quest. The reasons for this are unclear, but it's implied that his willingness to abandon his friends to reach the tower is part of the reason why. That he didn't have the Horn of Eld with him could be a reason as well. It's implied that he's had to do this many times before because he never got it right. The afterword by King implies that he might get it right the next time.]]
14th Jan '14 4:42:53 PM GuesssWho
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-->Look, if you would. Here sits a baby with blood streaking his fair skin. Here sits a baby weeping his silent, eerie tears. Here sits a baby that knows both too much and too little, and although we must keep our fingers away from his mouth (he snaps, this one; snaps like a baby crocodile), we are allowed to pity him a little.
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