Discuss the conflicts in Misery by Stephen King.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that we can see several conflicts of note in King's work.  One of the most foundational is the relationship between artist and public.  The conflict between what Sheldon wishes to have his own privacy or his own right of how his work develops and the public, in the form of Annie, occupies a centrally important role in the work.  The collision between what an author wants to do in terms of their own creation and composition of work and what the public expects of them.  This creates a conflict in terms of being able to utilize freedom and how that is contingent on the public.  Another conflict is the differences between Annie and Paul and how they each approach Misery, as a character.  On a larger level, I think that there might be a conflict present between how King view his gift of writing and the "devil within the details."  When King writes that the work is a "love letter" to his fans, one can see where there is a conflict created between the author and how the public perceives him.  I think that this might be another conflict present in the novel.

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