Misery Themes

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Fanaticism

Annie Wilkes is a mentally unstable woman who lives for a fictional character named Misery Chastain. Annie's life is one of hard work on a farm and basically a fugitive from her own past. Misery offers Annie an escape into the 19th century which was a softer gentler time when people did not behave like they do now.

Annie becomes equally obsessed with Paul and the idea of having him write "Misery's Return" for her. Annie cannot abide by "Fast Cars" or anything else that might take Paul away from revisiting his loathsome heroine. Paul fears Annie's vengeance when she begins to read the latest Misery novel. Annie's already precarious mental state may completely splinter.

The worst episode of rage from Annie comes when she finishes reading "Misery's Child." Annie is in full blown psychosis when she learns that Misery is dead. Misery is clearly a real person...

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