How does Annie, as a villain, impact those around her in "Misery"?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial