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Dark Tower allusions in CELL (WARNING! Tons of spoilers)

Discussion in 'Cell' started by vivazebool, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. vivazebool

    vivazebool Well-Known Member

    My theory of Dark Tower connections (or allusions) in CELL:

    • The Pulse, which caused the cell phones to erase people's minds, was likely caused by one of the Beams collapsing. Dark Tower fans will get the reference.
    • The Raggedy Man is an allusion to The Crimson King
    • The phone-crazies, whose hive mind is controlled by the Raggedy Man, are allusions to the Can-toi.
    • The mind, wiped clean by the Pulse, is referred to by the professor at Gaitan Academy, as "THE RED CORE." That is an allusion to the chaos principle of the Dark Tower universe: just as the Crimson King wants to plunge the world into chaos and rebuild it, so a phone-crazy's mind is wiped clean and rebuilt from "the red core."
    • The conflict in Cell is really a battle between "the white" and "the red."
    • Clay's graphic novel artwork hints at these Dark Tower allusions in Cell.

    In the Dark Tower universe, King has created his own archetypes that are reflected in a macrocosmic/microcosmic scale. So, in each different world in the King-verse, there are microcosmic representations of the grander Dark Tower conflict between the Gunslinger and the Crimson King. So, the entire novel of CELL is a small-scale representation of the entire Dark Tower universe.
  2. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Interesting take. I don't think that everything Mr. King writes is connected to The Dark Tower series (including Cell), but reading theories is always fun :)
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  3. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    Very interesting ideas.
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  4. Tak96

    Tak96 Well-Known Member

    Confident that the Raggedy Man is Flagg.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...nope....Flagg is "the Dark Man" not a "man" of color......this is not one of his glammers.....

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