IUB ENG-L 111 - Misery Day 1 (6 pages)

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Eng-L 111 - Discovering Literature
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Misery Day 1 Stephen King 1947 Present Grew up in Maine and still lives there Carrie his first novel came out in 1973 Now has over 50 novels not counting his other works In 33 languages 350 million copies of his books in print Why Misery for us It is a good read and one of his better books It is about a bestselling author Marks a shift in King s career Misery comes out in 1987 In the broadest strokes King s career before Misery was largely about epic tales commenting on modern society The Stand It The Talisman The Smaller Scale Two main characters Psychological thriller Tries to take female characterization more seriously Allows for greater focus on details Allows for a richer development of characters Epigraph Hinting at the Focus Serves as a vital clue for focusing the themes of the novel Two words Goddess Africa Why Misery for King The Goddess Annie is like a goddess in Paula s life She is his savior She has the power over life death She has control over his life King positions Annie as a goddess in several ways One of the most interesting is that of divine muse The Muse of Terror Literature has a long tradition of the muse A divine being who inspires the author Authors in turn would often invoke the muse in order to help them write King offers us a terrifying muse in Misery Rather than a kind artsy muse King offers us Annie Annie is the force behind Paul s new novel Like a muse Annie is unpredictable She is also terrifying She is based in part on the Greek goddess Artemis Artemis Twin sister of the sun god Apollo She is the moon goddess she controls the tides She is a scary muse She is the vengeful hunter goddess of the forest Vindictive swift and proud in her fury She is her own master and takes no orders She punishes severely what she sees as the slightest negligence in honoring her Because King is exploring the terrifying nature of writing in this book King takes his fear of writer s block to a whole new level What if your life depends on not getting Writer s



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