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Gauthier 1Death of a Salesman vs MiseryComparative EssayDonovan GauthierMrs. SimpsonENG4UR2 November 2020The sociopath and the narcissist When you hear the word “power”, what comes to mind? What does the word mean to you?The term “power” comes from the Latin word poterewhich means “to be able”. But things that have power are more than just able. They can exert plenty of control over other people and things. In Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and Stephen King’s “Misery” there is a character that has power over others in the novel/play. In Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” the character of power is Willy Loman who had power over his children, Biff and Happy. On the other hand, King presents the character Annie Wilkes who is power-crazed in her attempt to manipulate writer Paul Sheldon after capturing him and holding him hostage. Despite the drastic differences in the roles of the two characters, they both share many similarities in the level of self-awareness the characters have and the attempt to create extensions of themselves.Each story’s powerful individual play completely different roles in the lives of others. Annie Wilkes had never met Paul Sheldon before the whole incident, she had just read his series “Misery” and was his “number-one fan” (King, 6). However, she quickly becomes everything to
Gauthier 2Paul, but not in a good way. She becomes his provider for everything because of his limited mobility due to his broken legs. Paul recognizes very early on that “She was crazy but he needed her” (King, 21). He needed her for everything, from help going to the bathroom, help for delivering food, and help dealing with his injuries. The help he receives with his injuries is nothing more than a pain killer called Novril but he quickly became addicted to it. This is how Annie can control and manipulate Paul into doing what she wants, like rewriting the misery series. She is no more than a source of drugs to Paul, but yet, she has complete control over him because of it. Paul depends on her much like a child depends on its parents for food, safety and knowledge. Just like the Loman brothers, Biff and Happy, from Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”.