Misery - King Zuniga 1 What is achieved by the withheld...

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King Zuniga 1 What is achieved by the withheld information and continued the pattern of escalation are: engagement, suspensefulness, and understanding of the antagonist. Though Paul recognizes that Annie is ‘dangerously crazy,’ the reader and Paul fail to know Annie’s true criminal background and motive due to the retained point of view. We know that there is more to Annie: she is no longer a nurse based on her living conditions and she obviously stopped being a nurse for something she did. By the slow release of information, King is able to keep the reader engaged. King achieves this by connecting with the reader by using pathos. During the first few chapters, we learn that Annie’s temper is easily triggered. She does not like Paul’s manuscript and therefore persuades him to burn it. “He looked at Annie Wilkes and said, clearly but not loud: ‘Annie, please don’t make me do this.’ She held the matches immovably before him and said: ‘You can do as you choose.’ So he burned the book” (King 42). During this event we are able to feel sympathy for Paul as we know how deeply he worked, connected, loved his manuscript. Thus, keeping us engaged by wanting Paul to survive and escape Annie. Additionally, questions also help engage the reader. From the beginning, the reader, as well as Paul starts by asking the question of why did Annie not take him to a hospital? What is her plan for him? Will he be able to escape? Will he get better? One main question that is

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