How does  Annie affect others around her in terms of her being a villain?


Misery, Stephen King

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Annie impacts the others around her with her role as a villain primarily as embodying a force of destruction which which all others must contend.  Certainly, Paul finds this out in the worst possible of ways.  He is impacted tremendously by Annie's malevolence, something that he sees in an almost- goddess- like form.  She is destruction incarnate in how she treats him and how she torments him in the name of what she sees as "love," but is more representative as elements of power and control.  The police officers who must rescue Paul are the forces that have to externally battle Annie in trying to save Paul.  Annie's embodiment of destruction and malevolent power impacts everyone else in the novel because there does not seem to be any limit to it.  There are no internal checks within Annie to prevent such power.  Accordingly, the only way to stop her is through external reality and in this, she impacts the other characters in the novel.  It is King's depiction of this "number one fan" in almost mythic dimensions where her status as villain is something that encompasses the other characters in the novel in defining ways.


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