Is the end of The Dark Tower a metaphor for writing a story?

Just as the gunslinger Roland moved through his world (and others), learning and changing along the way, so did his author. When Roland saw the field of roses, and the dark tower rising amongst them like a void blade piercing the heart of the world, did Stephen King also see the end of his journey as well? When the gunslinger climbed the twisted staircase round the tower, revisiting memories behind each door, did Mr. King relive the experience of those memories with him? When Roland reached the top of his tower, and his journey began again, was that Stephen’s way of telling us that here, at the end of yet another arduous journey, he would begin again as well? Did he lean back in his chair, staring at the final lines, and wonder, “If I were to write Roland Deshain’s story over again, would I write it the same?” If so, did the end inspire the writer, or did the writer inspire the end?

I’m curious to know what you think.

Published in Random Rambling


Jessica West (West1Jess) is pursuing a state of self-induced psychosis (reading, writing, editing). She lives in Acadiana with three daughters still young enough to think she’s cool and a husband who knows better but likes her anyway.

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