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The Man in Black in comparison with Randall Flagg
Randall Flagg, also known as "the Dark Man" or "the Walkin’ Dude", is the main antagonist of the novel The Stand by Stephen King. This novel has much influence to the story of Lost. Randall Flagg is the embodiment of evil, an antichrist-like being whose goal is destruction and death, wich is much like The Man in Black. In the novel, he is presented as diametrically opposed to Mother Abagail’s personification of good, wich could refer to Jacob.
Flagg is also the main villain in The Eyes of the Dragon, and there are some passages in that book that allude to Flagg being immortal and pure evil.
Flagg's appearance shifts between human, demon, and various animals, and it is implied that he has lived many lives in many times; "Flagg" is just the name of his present form. Flagg is described by Tom Cullen as follows: "He looks like anybody you see on the street. But when he grins, birds fall dead off telephone lines. When he looks at you a certain way, your prostate goes bad and your urine burns. The grass yellows up and dies where he spits. He’s always outside. He came out of time. He doesn’t know himself."
Like Mother Abagail, Flagg appears to various survivors in their dreams, providing a choice and attracting those who are drawn to structure, destruction and power. He rescues Lloyd Henreid from starvation in prison and with him as second-in-command establishes a community in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is similar like the rescue of Richard from chains. Though Flagg has the ability to predict the future, along with several other demonic powers, as the events of The Stand unfold he begins to lose his power little by little as his plans go more and more awry. At the end of the novel, the Hand of God detonates a nuclear bomb, destroying Flagg’s gathered followers and Las Vegas. The uncut edition of the novel includes an epilogue in which Flagg, in a new incarnation, awakes on an unknown tropical Island, where he meets a primitive tribe, telling them that he has come to teach them civilization and identifying himself as Russell Faraday.
I've put in this blog entry, because I want to know your thoughts to this comparsion. What if Randall Flagg IS actually the man in black of Lost? So what do you think of all this?