Essay on Complete Despair in in Anton Chekhov's Misery

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In the story "Misery" by Anton Chekhov, I identified despair and misery as a theme. The surroundings amplify the sentiment of the main character, Iona
Potapov. Cold and gray surrounds Iona Potapov and he is extremely miserable.
Iona Potapov wants to speak to another human about his son's death but no one will listen. Failing to speak with any humans, Iona is resigned to speak with his horse.

At the beginning of the story Anton Chekhov sets the environment for the story. "The twilight of evening." (30) While reading this story, I envision the scenery by what Anton Chekhov wrote. "Big flakes of wet snow are whirling lazily about the street lamps, which have just been lighted, and lying in a thin soft layer on the roofs,
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"He cannot think about his son when he is alone" (34). The surroundings make him feel separated from his inner feelings. "But now the shades of evening are falling on the town. The pale light of the street lamps changes to a vivid color, and the bustle of the street grows noisier."(31)

When Iona tries to tell of his sons death, he is unable to say what he really feels. "Iona looks at his fare and moves his lips . . . Apparently he means to say something, but nothing comes out but a sniff."(31) He tries again, and is able to say, in a detached tone, "My son . . . , er . . . my son died this week, sir."(31) The fare is an "officer in a military overcoat." (31) After this brief conversation Iona sits in solitude, alone with his thoughts. "Again the wet snow paints him and his horse white. One hour passes, and then another .
. . "(31) Iona wants to forget about his sons death, "but to think of him and picture him is insufferable anguish . . . "(34)

In the end of this story Iona is left speaking with his horse. "Now, suppose you had a little colt, and you were own mother to that little colt . . .
And all at once that same little colt went and died . . . You'd be sorry, wouldn't you? . .."(34) His horse listens as all good horses do. "The little mare munches, listens, and breaths on her master's hands."(34) Iona is now content on telling his story to the horse. "Iona is carried away
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