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Why the WEST?

Discussion in 'The Stand' started by Chazel1972, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    One thing with The Stand that I often think about upon re-reading it, is how/why people who weren't necessarily EVIL went to the West. Were they deficient in some way? More deficient than Larry (who was "not no nice guy" for some of his life)? These are the things I think. Why didn't they dream of Mother Abigail? Did people who didn't dream of Mother Abigail go to Boulder anyway?
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  2. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, The Stand was a long time ago for me - 1987 the first time and then 1991 with the unedited version, so I'm rusty. But I thought those who dreamed of Flagg and the West were more of an evil, wicked, heartless, cruel type of person - those who don't care much about the right thing or the good thing. I was much younger when I read those - 20's and now I'm in my 40's - so my opinion is might be different now if I re-read it.
  3. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    They didn't have truth in advertising like we have today. :)

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.
    Glen Bateman

    even though many people are basically good & decent, there is a part of them that is enticed and called to by darkness...
  5. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Thus says the Indigo Girls!
    Darkness has a hunger that's insatiable, and lightness has a call that's hard to hear.
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  6. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I never thought abot it that much, but I think these ideas are correct.
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  7. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    In the book, most people dreamed of both Mother Abigail and Randall Flagg; it was up to them who they chose to follow. Classic good vs. evil and exercise of free will. I think Holly is dead right--sometimes (often, according to the bible--"The way of life is narrow") good is so difficult. Some people who weren't necessarily evil went west because it looked (and WAS) easier tan going to Boulder. I think the population of Vegas would have been much higher than that of Boulder for that exact reason.
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  8. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Oh - you're right - I had totally forgotten that - but yes, it was a choice.
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  9. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    It occurs to me that how the people in The Stand, good guys and bad guys, behave is exactly how people do in real life, relative to the question at hand (what causes some human beings to make good or at least better choices compared to others). We're all given the choice the people in The Stand are; perhaps we sometimes must even make crossroad decisions. We all haves dreams in that we have goals. Our goals are by choice.

    Will I follow after the good, even though it might be harder, less popular, less lucrative, less glamorous, lonelier or not?
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  10. jfra3101

    jfra3101 Well-Known Member

    I think it is out of the persons hands where they went. You'll notice with Fran, Stu, Nadine etc. Mother Abigail specifically talked to them in there dreams, telling them to go to her house (or later to Boulder?) whereas Randall Flagg didn't say anything to them, just stood there and freaked the hell out of them. Perhaps the people who went to the West were encouraged to go there by Flagg, but since Mother Abigail wasn't evil, they weren't afraid of her? That's my opinion anyways, I guess it was just a whole Mr. King wants us to fill in for ourselves!
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  11. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Freaked out is right. As Blunt said.. What would I do? I seem to think that I would drift west and then find out that I was wrong.

    Did anyone try to make it back to Boulder? I don't think so. But I would have tried.
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