3Q IR: The Dark Tower II

The first Dark Tower book was about a singular character, but this book introduces the reader to a host of new characters. These characters are introduced by a clever way of introducing the basis of this series: The Tower. Roland, the protagonist, may need these people to get to the tower, but the dimensional travel of the tower is helping him out on his journey. It is an interesting idea to drive a reader in by throwing a lot of settings around from different times and worlds. In the previous book, the protagonist seemed to only need himself, and having him have to rely on others is an interesting story telling method.

Forcing a character who is prone to being alone and to himself was a big plot point in the book. King decided he wasn’t going to do this in the most traditional way. He forced a gunslinger (who might I add sacrificed a child for his goal of the tower) from another world to go into the mind of a handful of other characters. Roland is motivated to do this by forcing him to have these characters in his world so he may find the tower. it may be frustrating to him to deal with people with many different ideals, but he keeps going on because of the motivation for the tower. The first person he must get on his side is a heroine addict from another world that he must put his life into the hands of. I would not say that is a classic story, so it brings in readers with the ridiculousness of it. The reader has to admire King for putting a story together that stays serious and sometimes comical about a gunslinger from a kingdom like town, and a heroine addict who smuggles cocaine underneath his armpits.

All of the people that Roland needs to gather are from cards that he received in the previous book. A very creative way to expand on this is when Roland was dying and Eddie (the heroine addict) was trying to nurse him back to health. After being attacked by a giant lobster, he was starting to die of infection and lack of food. So once Eddie was in Roland’s world he had to get them to the next door and nurse Roland at the same time. Roland was the protagonist so every time he blacked out the scene would skip to another. Every time the scene skipped it seemed to be skipping to the next section. Every section the heading read “shuffle” which expanded on how the cards are shuffling to find out who they would meet next. It is a very creative way to introduce another character and reference the cards.

In conclusion, adding more characters for a loner character to bond with added a lot to the series. Roland would do anything to get to the tower and fulfill his promise. he would never be able to avenge everyone he’d grown up with and stop the man in black. Once more King surprises his audiences with a wacky story about the Tower that still seemed to stay serious.



Blog 18: Vertigo Review

When I heard that we were going to watch an old move, I was not too excited. I didn’t really care because I really don’t watch movies. Then I saw the writing, it seems like Hitchcock paid attention to every detail, and that is the kind of writing I love. Most people in my generation want fast stories, but I love a slow moving story that takes its time to introduce characters. The more time you have with the intro, the more invested you get into those characters. So to see those characters go through trouble in the main plot ads an extra personal connection to the film. When Midge had drew herself as Carlotta, I thought that she was going to turn out to be the next one with the “dreams.” Then I was very surprised to find that Madeline had never died. I am excited to see where that side-plot goes to. I wonder if Midge will try to interfere in Judy and Scotti’s relationship. I don’t want to attempt to guess anymore because this move has his me with a handful of surprises. I do not understand why Judy would jump into the bay if she was posing as Madeline, couldn’t there have been a chance that Scotti would not save her? I suppose Gavin knew Scotti so he knew of his integrity. Also, if Madeline had been dead for a while, couldn’t the coroner have found that the body had been dead for longer. Or found other methods of death besides falling? I suppose they would have stopped when they saw that she had fell, and just assumed. They really had no reason to question it further.

I’m really not sure how you could make this more relevantĀ for today. Firstly, you would want to change it to be in today’s times, change the cars, special effects, clothing, styles, etc. Secondly, the main character could not be a stereotypical detective from the 50’s because no one really wears a suit and fedoras anymore. We could make a story about a Jim Gordon like man who gets vertigo and roll with the plot from Vertigo.



Blog 17

My first thoughts on this poem were around the lines of disgust because analyzing poetry is similar to trying to walk across a rope while juggling chainsaws. For both I am sure that I would make a mistake. I was under the impression that we were done with poetry and I was crossing my fingers that we were nearing the end of transcendentalism with the divinity school address. Even if I did like that by the end, didn’t mean I enjoyed analyzing it. Maybe the same can be told of this poem, I might learn to like it after I shove it into my mind enough. My group had gotten section 6, which was filled with lines that described our society either learning for the better or worse from past society. It described the society as “grass” which I thought amusing because of course Tyler asked what are the people stepping on the grass. Wittman’s devotion to transcendentalism allows him to describe the society as grass. Of course that’s what he describes it as, sad part is it makes sense. It also allowed him to reference Christianity in his work and linking both together. Of course this duo makes the best piece of work. I think that the most important lines in our section were coming from the first stanza. “A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.” I think that these two lines have to be the most important ones in the section because it sets up the rest of the section and allows the reader to understand what they are preparing themselves for. Although, no one is really prepared to read this stuff. Saying that the child is the societies future which would allow the section to speak on society in the past and society now and talk about how the new society years from now will only develop how we make it to be. And like a child, the society will be easily influence by its parent’s (the societies it came from.)