History Literature / TheGunslinger

4th Dec '16 11:26:32 PM Xtifr
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'''''The Gunslinger''''' is the first book in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. The story opens with TheGunslinger Roland Deschain trekking across a desert that appears to be in [[TheWestern the Old West]] but [[WriterInducedFanon may actually be]] our own world [[AfterTheEnd in the distant future]]. {{Flashback}}s tell a HighFantasy tale of Roland's childhood.

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'''''The Gunslinger''''' ''The Gunslinger'' is the first book in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. The story opens with TheGunslinger Roland Deschain trekking across a desert that appears to be in [[TheWestern the Old West]] but [[WriterInducedFanon may actually be]] our own world [[AfterTheEnd in the distant future]]. {{Flashback}}s tell a HighFantasy tale of Roland's childhood.
30th Oct '16 9:19:18 PM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Roland
12th Jan '16 10:06:38 AM arsepoetica
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* {{Jerkass}}: [[SadistTeacher Cort]]. Though Cort is eventually shown to be an effective teacher who is genuinely concerned with training his pupils and earns untold respect from Roland and his first Ka-Tet.

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* {{Jerkass}}: [[SadistTeacher Cort]].Cort. Though Cort is eventually shown to be an effective teacher who is genuinely concerned with training his pupils and earns untold respect from Roland and his first Ka-Tet. He is something of DrillSergeantNasty - SadistTeacher hybrid.
29th Sep '15 7:00:17 PM woodrich1
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* TheDogShotFirst: Allie is held as a shield and hostage by Sheb as the residents of Tull attack Roland. Originally, Roland kills her out of pure instinct; his trained hands react quicker than his mind. She screams at him not to shoot, but it's too late, and the guilt of her death sits on Roland throughout the rest of the story. In the revised edition, there is a convoluted subplot in which after Walter resurrects Nort, he tells Allie that if she says "nineteen" to Nort, he will tell her what he saw on the other side. Knowing will drive her crazy, [[ShmuckBait but so will not knowing]]. Later, during the shootout, she begs Roland to kill her because she has spoken nineteen to Sheb and can't bear the horrors that he whispered back to her. As she dies King says that "the last expression on her face might have been gratitude."

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* TheDogShotFirst: Allie is held as a shield and hostage by Sheb as the residents of Tull attack Roland. Originally, Roland kills her out of pure instinct; his trained hands react quicker than his mind. She screams at him not to shoot, but it's too late, and the guilt of her death sits on Roland throughout the rest of the story. In the revised edition, there is a convoluted subplot in which after Walter resurrects Nort, he tells Allie that if she says "nineteen" to Nort, he will tell her what he saw on the other side. Knowing will drive her crazy, [[ShmuckBait but so will not knowing]]. Later, during the shootout, she begs Roland to kill her because she has spoken nineteen to Sheb Nort and can't bear the horrors that he whispered back to her. As she dies King says that "the last expression on her face might have been gratitude."
31st Aug '15 6:13:09 PM n341100
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* WeirdWest
10th Aug '15 1:51:25 PM GGCrono
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->"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

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->"The ->''"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
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19th Jul '15 3:19:01 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Averted. During the showdown in Tull, a small knife is thrown at Roland, which strikes him in the head. Though the aim is dead on, it hits him by the hilt, bloodying him but causing no serious damage.
19th Dec '14 5:19:37 AM kraas
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* MoodDissonance: Walter o' Dim includes a little smiley face ☺ in his letter to Alice telling her the incomprehensible, indescribable PsychologicalHorror that would happen to her if she told Nort his TriggerPhrase.

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* MoodDissonance: Walter o' Dim includes a little smiley face ☺ in his letter to Alice telling her the incomprehensible, indescribable PsychologicalHorror that would happen to her if she told Nort his TriggerPhrase. [[spoiler: It's foreshadowing that he's actually Randall Flagg, who would wear a smiley face button in ''Literature/TheStand''.]]
23rd Oct '14 6:01:00 PM dungeonmaster11
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* BringMyBrownPants: During the battle at Tull, after Roland drops multiple assailants in one fell swoop, one of the other onlooking attackers is noted to make "a sudden and amazing load in his pants" at the sight.
16th Sep '14 4:20:37 PM hbi2k
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* VillainHasAPoint: John Farson, the "Good Man", is a cruel, power-hungry despot, [[InformedAttribute or so we're told]]. However, he's right that the Affiliation is ruled by a cabal of thugs with vague aristocratic pretensions who maintain power largely by having the best guns.
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