Misery, By Anton Chekhov Essays

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In the short story, Misery, by Anton Chekhov, the author enchants the theme of the story through the message of isolation and personal sorrow, through the main character Iona. Chekhov portrays Iona as an elderly man, who’s son is recently deceased, and who is searching for someone to talk too. In hopes of expressing his misery over his son’s death. When Iona is unsuccessful to find a partner to proclaim his grief too, he eventually finds comfort in his mare who is willing to listen to him. Through, Chekhov’s use of setting, characterization, and literary devices, he is able to illustrate an atmosphere of a grieving father and the hardships he faces.

To begin with, one of the most common motifs that Chekhov illustrates within the story is the setting of a large city. For instance, Iona endures loneliness after the loss of his son, even while he is among a large crowd. While observing the busy crowd of St.Petersburg his eyes: “stray restlessly among the crowd moving to and fro an both sides of the street: can he not find among those thousands someone who will listen to him? But the crowds flit by heedless of him and his misery.” (Chekhov, 87). However, as Dykstra notes: “the scare data on central and eastern European countries might suggest a high prevalence of loneliness among older adults.” (94). Thus, it allows the readers to have an insider’s perspective of Iona, as an elderly man. Who is now facing isolation and loneliness after his son’s death. All the while, living…

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