Anton Chekhov’s Misery: To Whom Shall I Tell My Grief? Essay

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In Anton Chekhov’s, “’Misery: “To Whom Shall I Tell My Grief?”’, he tells the story of Iona Potapov, a sledge-driver in nineteenth century Russia. The character has lost his son; to an untimely death and he is having a difficult time coping with his lost. He is an elderly, nineteenth century cab driver and his wish is to find someone he can share his terrible grief with, by only sharing his sons’ life. Chekhov portrays the main character as lonely, dazed, confused, and as a man who needs someone to confide in; which all humans want and need during such hardships. In the midst of those times in Russia, Iona cannot find anyone willing to listen to him speak of his son; until he confides in the only thing that has been with him the entire …show more content…
He seems emotionally and mentally drained as described as so; this goes to show how some people can really look down upon others and make someone even heavier with anguish. He sits for hours until finally, he gets a fare; a military officer speaking towards the miserable looking man yells, “Sledge to Vyborgskaya!” Iona hears. “Sledge!” (Chekhov 95) .
Iona seems to be a terrible driver because he is causing the officer to ask him, “Where are you shoving, you devil?” (Chekhov 95) in a startling manner. He straightens up and tries to drive his sledge but he simply cannot maneuver it at the time. It seems as though Iona can not think properly and focus on the road because he wants to share his loss with the officer. And as he starts to tell the officer of his loss, the officer cuts hims off immediately as soon as Iona moves his lips. That shows how the people who were higher in the social rankings during this period treated those beneath them: being impatient with them and looking down on them because they were only peasants.
The characters next fare, are three young men, who seem like free spirited,con artists of St. Petersburg because the try manipulate Iona to give them a ide for less than regular fare. They are a excited group of gentlmen who don’t seem to notice anything wrong with their driver until he starts driving. These young men are squished in the sledge of the cab and are breathing right down Iona’s neck. It doesn’t bother Iona

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