November 1 2016

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

During November we’ll be reading The Eyes of the Dragon as the next book in the Dark Tower reading project. This book is quite different than King’s other books, and is definitely connected to the Dark Tower series. Here are the discussion questions for Eyes of the Dragon:

  1. Why does Flagg want to destroy/ruin Delain? “He wanted what evil men always want; to have power and use that power to make mischief. Being a King did not interest him because the heads of Kings all too often found their way to spikes on castle walls when things went wrong. But the advisors to Kings…the spinners in the shadows…such people usually melted away like evening shadows at dawning as soon as the headsman’s axe started to fall. Flagg as a sickness, a fever looking for a cool brow to heat hup. He hooded his actions just as he hooded his face. And when the great trouble came–as it always did after a span of years–Flagg always disappeared like shadows at dawn. Later, when the carnage was over and the fever had passed, when the rebuilding was complete and there was again something worth destroying, Flagg would appear once more.” The Road to the Dark Tower, Bev Vincent
  2. Why doesn’t Thomas tell anyone he saw Flagg in Roland’s (King Roland, not our gunslinger Roland) room? Flagg’s influence and manipulation, his jealousy over Peter, selfishness…
  3. Why does Flagg want Peter out of the way? Peter is intelligent and not easily manipulated, and he will be a good king, a fair king. 
  4. Why does Flag want to kill Sasha? She has too much influence over King Roland… King Roland listens to her and not to Flagg. She’s in the way.
  5. Is Roland a good king? A good father? He’s neither bad nor good at either, he’s not very smart and is easily manipulated so he definitely wasn’t a great king, but he did care about his people and was fair so he wasn’t a bad king. He would have been a much better father if Sasha hadn’t died. 
  6. While in prison, Peter finds a note that was written by a former prisoner. The note implicates Flagg in a murder that took place 450 years ago. What was the person who wrote the note accused of? Flagg’s been in and out of Delain many times trying to ruin it…Valera was imprisoned for killing his wife Eleanor during the reign of Alan II…450 years before Peter was imprisoned for killing his father…neither man committed the crimes they were accused of…both men were framed by Flagg, and the note accuses Flagg of being the murderer. 
  7. What are some of the other names Flagg has used?  Bill Hinch, and he had been the King’s Lord High Executioner. a singer named Bronson, 
  8. The tower where Peter is imprisoned seems symbolic of the Tower. What do you think about the various symbols within the books we’ve read so far? The Needle is reminiscent of the Tower, the last vestige of hope. I like the symbols. Each time I read the book I find a new that I missed before. 
  9. What did you think about this book? I enjoyed the book. It’s a bit of a mix between a Fairy Tale and a Fantasy. It had all the essential King elements, but was quite different than his other books. 

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Posted November 1, 2016 by Burgess Taylor in category "Books", "Dark Tower Series", "Fiction", "Reading", "Reading Challenge Project", "Stephen King", "Stephen King's Dark Tower

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  1. By Talisha on

    The Eyes of the Dragon

    1.Why does Flagg want to destroy/ruin Delain? For me it felt like Flagg got enjoyment and entertainment from causing chaos. Flagg loved the feeling of power and how he could manipulate the situation.
    2. Why doesn’t Thomas tell anyone he saw Flagg in Roland’s (King Roland, not our gunslinger Roland) room? (Lol it took me forever to realize this Roland was different, I kept wondering why he so wimpy SMH) Trying to think like Thomas I realize that he had a deep fear of Flagg, in conjunction with his jealousy of his brother and the fact he never received the love he needed from Roland he wasn’t quite able to do the right thing.
    3. Why does Flagg want Peter out of the way? Peter was not able to be controlled or manipulated, he feared Flagg but he allowed his morals to guide him.
    4. Why does Flag want to kill Sasha? Roland listened to Sasha and Flagg felt his time was ending, he needed to kill her to gain control of Roland.
    5. Is Roland a good king? A good father? Roland was what I would consider a normal guy, neither good or bad just oblivious at times. Roland wasn’t cut out to be a king in the way that his son Peter was. He wasn’t a born leader, although he was still wanted to be good.
    6. While in prison, Peter finds a note that was written by a former prisoner. The note implicates Flagg in a murder that took place 450 years ago. What was the person who wrote the note accused of? The person in the note was accused of poisoning his wife, showing that Flagg had recreated the same situation with Roland and Peter.
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    8. The tower where Peter is imprisoned seems symbolic of the Tower. What do you think about the various symbols within the books we’ve read so far? I enjoy the symbolism although I may not always catch. This is my first time reading through the books and feel once I go through them again ill be able to catch them sooner.
    9. What did you think about this book? Another great read. It took me awhile to get attached to the characters and the story. I’m finding with Mr. Kings books sometimes you just should be patient. This book was completely different and it was a nice mix to add so far. I loved his writing style although written like a children’s book, the words and writing still resonated as adult literature.

  2. By Burgess Taylor (Post author) on

    I agree, Flagg does seem to get enjoyment out of destroying, ruining other people, towns, etc. He is definitely a “villain.” Yes, many people are a bit confused by King’s naming Thomas & Peter’s father, the king, Roland, and many wonder if they’re related. I’ve heard that they aren’t related, but they do run into each other… Our Roland, the Gunslinger, runs into Thomas in one of the actual Dark Tower books. 😀
    I loved your comments… Especially your insight about King Roland, Thomas and Peter, and Flagg. It often feels like we’re looking for motives when someone is the bad guy, but Flagg’s motives are his love of destruction, humiliating others, controlling and manipulating… all because he enjoys it. Whereas Thomas wasn’t so much about motives as a lack of courage, with jealousy, confusion, and weakness mixed into the pot. I’m currently reading the Stand, having such a hard time creating discussion questions for it… It’s such a monstrosity of a book, with so much “stuff” in it… Good Vs. Evil, the government, Flagg, Mother Abigail… Well I better get to it. I have to gather my thoughts…
    Speaking of symbolism, many of King’s books have the topics of fear, courage, paranormal, good vs. evil, the every day Joe/Jane overcoming fear, and many others that now I that we’re discussing the books I’m picking up on even more symbolism.

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