Gunslinger: Battle Between Good and Evil Essay

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Gunslinger: Battle Between Good and Evil

The dilemma between good and evil began long before our time, and it's been chronicled
since man could write. Stephen King, one of the controversial writers of our time, brings
his characters to life by giving them peculiar attributes, individual and bold attitudes,
and places them in unusual predicaments. The Gunslinger series by Stephen King is a
sequence of books that show the internal struggle between good and evil. His character are
presented with obstacles, and readers observe how each one responds to the challenges
presented to them, waiting to see how far they will go to achieve what they believe is the
greater good. King realistically conveys to his readers that although his characters put
forth their best efforts to do what they feel is upright, their actions are not always in
their best interests. The author clearly shows readers that no amount of good a person
does can prevent them from getting hurt. In books one, two, and four King puts his
characters through certain situations to create certain outcomes. King makes an effort to
show readers how people arrive at the right, or wrong choice, in different situations.
This is, of course, the classic struggle between good and evil.

King introduces Roland, the protagonist, in "Gunslinger". Roland is crucial in King's
endeavor to present to his readers how people make the choice between good and evil. In
"Gunslinger", Roland is presented with an option; he can either save a boy's life, or he
can let the boy plunge to his death and not deviate from his plan. Roland loves the boy,
Jake, and is torn between saving him and pursuing his target, the man in black. Roland
decides to sacrifice his friend's life in order to hound the man in black. Roland's goal
is to reach the Dark Tower, and he feels that he must make sacrifices and forgo the
sentimental, in order to achieve his goal. His ultimate goal is what he believes is the
greater good, and he will go to any length to reach it. Society has sacrificed of
innocence to achieve their definitive purpose, history is proof of this. King simply
brings this to light. Roland has love for the boy; however, in not saving his life he
saves more lives in the end. Saving Jake's life might be in Jake's best interest, but in
doing so Roland will be affected negatively. King writes that getting to the Dark Tower,
is what Roland believes is the greater good, but King gives no verification of whether
getting to the Dark Tower is for the better good. In introducing new characters, King
gives his readers more insight into the Dark Tower.

In the second books there are two new key characters introduced, Eddie is one. Roland
knows that he is to find two people and make them part of his ka-tet, he is to train them
to become future gunslingers too. However, getting to them is not an easy task. Roland has
to rescue them not only from their worlds, but from themselves as well. Roland has to
leave his world and go to Eddie's world to get him. Roland encounters Eddie in the middle
of a drug deal gone awry. It doesn't take very long for Roland to realize that Eddie is a
drug addict. Under the guise of helping him, Roland decides to trick Eddie and bring Eddie
back to Roland's world. Roland realizes that lying and manipulating Eddie is not right,
but Roland feels that in doing so he is only helping Eddie, and in turn help himself. This
is a case in which the ends justify the means. Roland once again proves that he will go to
any lengths to get to the Dark Tower.
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