Ok, I've just finished reading the Uncut edt. of "The Stand" (& loved it)! There were a few things in "The Stand" that have caught my attention and I had hoped to find some discussion or analysis on but could not find anything on the web so I decided to post my analysis, questions and thoughts & invite any comments or ideas!
1. It is said that the Trashcan man is unseen by the "eye of Randall Flagg". I've often wondered why?
2. I've also wondered who Trashcan Man referrs to when he asks "What have you done to him? Where has he gone?" (not an exact quote)
3. What is the "Hand of God"? did it come directly from heaven? Or does "God" use Flagg's blue light ball to his own will against Flagg?
4. Is Flagg vaporized just before the nuclear explosion? Or does he cease to exsist in this world because he has no power anymore? OR are the two one in the same? Meaning is he destroyed by the nuclear energy because He has lost his power in this world and is fated to go to another "time" (as he did at the end)
Here are my thoughts/ / / ....
I think that it both the Trashcan Man's & Flagg's association with radiation that cancel out Flagg's ability to see Trashy kind of the same way two poles of a magnet repel each other OR
He remains unseen/invisible to Flagg's eye because Trashy is in the nuclear facilities & Flagg's detection is blocked by the same layers of lead and concrete that are meant to block nuclear radiation. His perception is blocked because Trashy is in bunkers.
Another thing that struck me as interesting was the ball of light. The Dark Man/Flagg who emits that Electrical ball of light to me seems to be a electromagnetic energy which evolves & expands first starting out small and lesser form of destructive energy but expands into gamma radiation & thus turning on Flagg & expanding and increasing in energy & becoming "The Hand of God".
It is that blue ball of light which I think expands above them which originally was intended to punish and intimidate the people but then serves a different purpose & backfires on Flagg & actually becomes the literal "Hand of God" to do the work of destroying Flagg and evil by detonating the A Bomb.
..... Any Thoughts?
Before this happens Trashy wails: "What have you done to him, He's gone." I thought he meant Randall Flagg and could sense that Flagg has lost his power/potency. But wondered if the text gave evidence that he was asking Flagg that question in regards to one of the many people Flagg had killed.
Any thoughts as to who Trashy was referring to?