1. Louise M Legier-McGinnis
    October 5, 2018 @ 9:25 pm

    I think you bring up a great point. He is a passive character that at first is stuck in a drug forced stupor. But I have to agree that King did a great job with the close third person point of view. If that had been missing I think the story would have failed.


  2. ggaluschak68
    October 7, 2018 @ 11:29 pm

    It’s interesting that no matter what Annie does to Paul, she never breaks him. She comes damn close, but she can’t do it. I would say that is the central conflict of the novel; if she breaks him, he’s dead.

    Honestly, I felt a little sorry for Annie. She’s crazy but her craziness has a certain emotional honesty to it. Paul is the devious one, and that’s what enables him to stay alive!


  3. coreylniles
    October 11, 2018 @ 2:57 am

    I never thought about how he is a more passive character, but he almost is forced to be because of his physical injuries. His inner monologue does really help the readers empathize with his situation, and I think his inability to fight back until he strikes at the end is what makes the final fight scene between him and Annie so satisfying because he’s suffered so much at the hands of her cruelty.


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