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THE LONG WALK

Discussion in 'The Long Walk' started by christopher jones, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    The point is at the end.

    What ending would be better?
     
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  2. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    The Long Walk is my favorite 'Bachman' novel. I love everything about it (even the fact that one of the kids who dies early on in the book shows up later on in the Walk, but who cares, right?). While pondering everyone's responses here, I came up with another: maybe the point (or parable or moral if you will) of the story is that we must be careful in the choices that we make in life as all may not be what it seems. Think about it for a moment- the age Garrity is in the story is the time when most of us were thinking about what we wanted to be when we grew up and after choosing and making our way to get to that point, after being there for awhile, we realize that maybe we made a wrong choice, but it was too late to stop or change things. As for the ending- I think at this point in the tale that Garrity has lost his mind and while it might not be a hallucination that someone has placed a hand on his shoulder (to stop him from walking as he's 'won' the contest), in his mind it is Death coming for him and so he takes off running. But, as we all know, you can't outrun Death......
     
  3. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I like it. Which means nothing, of course.
     
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  4. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Well ... that's exactly it, and I think the point is brought home when the first boy -- I don't remember his name and it doesn't matter -- gets his ticket. It's real. It's not what they may have thought it was. It's not an adventure, and that, I think, is the point that seems to be eluding young summer_sky up there.

    You can't call timeout. You can't take it back. You're in it. So now what?

    This is the essence (and the evil) of the story to me. The boys make a choice that a boy -- who knows little of the world -- might reasonably make. He sees nothing in his future that looks remotely promising (or even livable) so he thinks getting his "15 minutes" in The Walk might be okay in comparison to a long life of probable misery.

    Except it isn't. But by the time the boys realize it isn't, it's too late. So they try in small ways to band together, but of course the rules will not allow for this. It's a trap. Plain and simple. And the real ugliness in the story isn't that it's a trap the boys walk into willingly, but that the people who feed off it -- the great god CROWD -- know it's a trap, and relish it all the more for that.

    It's pretty dark, all the way around.

    Simply delightful, if you're of a certain psychological bent.
     
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  5. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    It also is something to consider that The Long Walk is somewhat of an homage to Shirley Jackson's The Lottery.
     
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  6. summer_sky

    summer_sky Well-Known Member

    :icon_idea: Suddenly, the lightbulb comes on for me, you old Puck.
    It is a tamed down version of The Running Man. And, now that you have brought all this back to the front of my feeble memory (it's been a long time since I read The Long Walk), I remember being reminded of The Running Man as I struggled through The Long Walk.

    Still, it is not my favorite King writing, even if profound. Maybe, that is it... it is too profound for my young inexperienced mind :a28:
     
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  7. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Don't get me started on The Running Man. summer.

    That one ...

    Well ... never mind. :glare:
     
  8. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I don't think sK's intent is as homage such. I like your mind about it. It can be seen as a kind of inside-out Lottery.
     
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  9. summer_sky

    summer_sky Well-Known Member

    Interesting.
    Isn't The Running Man an homage to Robert Sheckley's The Prize Of Peril?
     
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  10. summer_sky

    summer_sky Well-Known Member

    Too late, Mr. P.
    I was already typing out my post above...
     
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  11. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Don't start you on which the movie or the book?
     
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  12. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I like this! Yes!
     
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  13. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    More than somewhat, I should think that if we consider that idea of the great god CROWD as a kind of actual god for this new age -- whatever it is in the story (whatever "level of the tower," if you simply have to do that) -- then I think we can make a very direct correlation to The Lottery.

    Gods, old or new, must be fed.

    Why else would people be dragging dead trees into their homes even as we speak?
     
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  14. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Either one. The movie has nothing to do with the story and the story is something I'm not going to say.
     
  15. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    What movie?
     
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  16. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I always thought it was the Major, but Gerraty had gone mad by then. One of the most chilling stories.
     
  17. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...the point on your head darlin' notwithstanding....:love:
     
  18. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...duh!...The Walking Dead you ninny!....:love:
     
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  19. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...this is exactly where some of my thoughts wandered....realization that this is a "game" of fatal consequence doesn't really set in until the first ticket is punched and the "crowd" presages what we now call 'reality" entertainment, nauseating as that may be....
     
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  20. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Well, that's a given!
     
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