Thoughts about Stephen King's "Insomnia"
Why does Ralph Roberts suffer from insomnia?
Because those without insomnia sleep well and even oversleep. It may mean
that they are unaware of things that happen around them, and even choose
to ignore them.
This reminds me of the shipmaster in the book of Jonah, saying to the
sleeping prophet "What meanest thou, O sleeper?".
Derry is in great trouble, and someone has decided that Mr. Roberts
should take action.
What kind of trouble? This time a planned demonstration against a
woman right activist who support the pro-choicers.
Pro-lifers - of course - do not like the idea and demonstrate against her visit
calling her a baby killer.
One of them, Ed Deepneau, a friend of the protagonist, is psyched into action
by some supernatural forces. He has been chosen to carry out a massacre
against the Derry Civic Center, where Susan Day, the well-known woman-right
Does it surprise you that sometimes the pro-lifers favor murder and even
abortions? Guess what: try to say to a pro-lifer that abortions are cool,
and he or she will tell you that you are one of those who should have been
There are also the third ones - usually passivists - who do not care about
abortions. But - hey! - not caring is actually caring, isn't it?
So, I guess Ralph is one of them. In the first chapter or two he proved to
be a peace maker, which makes him suitable for the mission to stop Ed.
Another character in the book is a stray dog named Rosalie. It seems that
nobody really care about her until Ralph sees Atropos come to cut her thread.