The Waste Lands Themes

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Theme of Ka-tet

Ka-tet is the glue that holds both this novel and its group of characters together. Ka-tet is a word from Roland's world that indicates a group of people joined by fate. Roland explains that the ka-tet cannot be changed to reflect any one person's desires. Once a group is joined by ka-tet the only way this group can be broken is by death or treachery.

Roland indicates that it is this ka-tet that allows the members of the group to communicate telepathically with each other. This telepathic communication occurs between all of the members of the group at one point or the other. Roland also credits that it is that ka-tet that have allowed Eddie and Jake to communicate with each other even while Jake is still on Earth and Eddie is in Roland's world. In this ka-tet Eddie, as a teenager, leads Jake to The...

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