Week 2 Discussion Questions

06 Sep

Now that we’ve all read chapter 1…

Do you blame Roland for the deaths in Tull? Was there another way or were the events predestined? “Why would I feel bad?” he told Brown. Does his lack of compassion over the killing change anything? Or do you think he’s void of compassion?

Chapter 2 Questions:

  1. What do you think about the High Speech? What do you think it means to Roland–Past and Present?
  2. What do you think about the flashbacks Roland has of his world before it moved on?
  3. Discuss Roland’s boyhood teacher and mentor Cort–What kind of man was Cort? How does Roland feel about Cort now?
  4. Why do you think Roland clings to the traditions from Mid-World, from before the world moved on?
  5. “While you travel with the boy, the man in black travels with your soul?” What do you think about the prophecy? Roland is given this prophecy repeatedly, even though he believe it he brings Jake along. Do you think it’s Roland’s singular vision, or that he believe the prophecy to be predestined made the prophecy come true?

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2 responses to “Week 2 Discussion Questions

  1. JCTrain

    September 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    My progress has slowed this week because it’s been so busy, but I am a little ahead. Below are my thoughts on this week’s discussion questions.
    1. I think that High Speech may be another word for ‘proper’/ formal English instead of slang. I’m not quite sure what it means to Roland, maybe it helps him determine which time he’s in.
    2. I think his flashbacks help readers for an opinion on his character and helps determine his motivation for following the man in black.
    3. Cort was a very tough teacher and taught the boys to be touch (and insensitive) so they could be great gunslingers.
    4. I think Roland clings to tradition because it’s his world and the only world he truly knows, maybe it helps keep him grounded in his purpose.
    5. I think the prophecy was pre-destined regardless of Roland’s belief in it or not. Roland loves Jacke and because of his love for Jake (and people in general in spite of his tough shell) it will make his mission harder.


    • Burgess Taylor

      September 15, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you for commenting.
      Roland’s motivation for following the man in black felt twofold to me, it was personal, as well as about the Tower. And you’re right, his flashbacks really do help the reader form more of an opinion of Roland. Like, you, I also believe that he clings to tradition to help keep him grounded. I also think the traditions are valuable to him, and he swore an oath to uphold those traditions. Roland in some ways has his own sense of honor and morals, but he does follow the gunslinger code. (I hope that makes sense.)
      Roland’s love for Jake is one of the keys the whole series, I felt the symbolism, the foreshadowing as I read the book the first time, and it was even deeper this go round. 😀



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